Landowners Worry About Uranium Development

Hulett, Wy – A practice called in- situ leaching where companies search for Uranium has several landowners in northeastern Wyoming concerned. The practice involves drilling into the ground and a leaching solution is sent into the holes. Landowners fear that will contaminate their water supply. Company officials say they are testing to make sure that won't happen. Hulett resident Pam Viviano and others have formed the group Ranchers and Neighbors Protecting our water. One thing they would like is regular monitoring of their water by an independent source but that is not available. Viviano says local residents have been testing their own water. But Viviano says the greater concern is in the future when uranium starts getting mined. Her group fears both contamination and reduction of the water supply.