July 18, 2012 by SCNCC
Anti-nuclear protesters camping at what they describe as “the gates of hell”, i.e on the edge of BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine in South Australia, decided to play a game of cricket on Tuesday. Police wanted to play rugby. After a scrum, the cops confiscated the ball but failed to clear demonstrators from the road leading to the mine’s entrance. Then came the tear gas. Next, the mounted police.
The activist, who are gathered in the outback to shut down what is slated to be the world’s largest open-cut uranium mine, should have known better than to tempt Satan’s (read BHP’s) army; earlier in the day six protesters were dragged away by officers of the law for serving porridge at the mine’s gate. After the cricket players were cleared from the road and into the desert, three female activist were nabbed by two policemen for attempting to relieve themselves.
There’s no room for nature’s business in the uranium business. That’s why BHP is digging into the belly of Kalta–the sleeping lizard–sucking its yellow poison out, and feeding it to nuclear reactors around the world. It takes 9 million gallons of water a day to wash all that uranium down the throat of global markets, water sucked out of the region’s only reliable freshwater source, the Great Artesian Basin.