No future for uranium mining in WA

Friday, 2 June

WA Greens MLC Robin Chapple has called out comments by the former Minister on the future of uranium mining as misleading, because no uranium proposal in Western Australia has been approved.

“It is a fact that not one of these four projects has received all necessary approvals, contrary to what the Liberal party and the companies involved in these projects – Vimy Resources, Cameco and Toro - would have Western Australians believe,” Mr Chapple said.

“Environmental approval is not an approval to mine, or even to construct. It should be made very clear that no uranium project in Western Australia has achieved these levels of approval to construct, mine or export.

“Shadow Mines and Petroleum Minister Sean L’Estrange knows full well that this is the case, and he is being deliberately misleading in calling out the government on this issue. No election promise would be broken by WA Labor because, quite simply, the context for the promise was not achieved prior to the March state election.

“Vimy Resources and Cameco believe they have pulled the wool over the eyes of Western Australians; this is not confidence, it is arrogance.

“Eight and half years of Liberal Government has not produced a single, viable uranium mine in Western Australia and the WA Greens will push hard to ensure it won’t happen under a Labor Government.”

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