Olympic Dam uranium mine and the Lizard's Revenge

Over 500 brave souls participated in the Lizard's Revenge protestacular at BHP Billiton's Olympic Dam uranium mine from July 11-20.

The event was a huge success in drawing attention to the many problems with the mine. Hundreds of newspaper, radio and TV items provided opportunities to hold BHP Billiton and the SA and federal governments to account for racist policies (such as the mine's exemptions from the SA Aboriginal Heritage Act), grossly irresponsible environmental practices, and irresponsible export policies such as selling uranium to nuclear weapons states and dictatorships.

Lizard's Revenge was also inspiring, educational and great fun for everyone who attended. Police behaviour was not as bad as it was at the Beverley uranium mine in 2000 but it was still heavy-handed, particularly the arrest of 18 protesters for innocuous stunts such as a 'Breakfast Not Bombs' event and a game of cricket on Olympic Way ('uranium is unAustralian, it's just not cricket and that's why we picket').

Fundraising events are being held in various cities to support arrestees. 

Huge thanks and congratulations to Uncle Kevin Buzzacott, Izzie Brown, Tully McIntyre, Nectaria Calan and Svea Pitman, and a big shout out to the Food Not Bombs kitchen crew, the Indig kitchen, the media team and everyone else who made Lizard's Revenge so bonza.

See http://www.lizardsrevenge.net for more information including photos, videos, media releases and media reports.

One month after Lizard's Revenge, BHP announced the cancellation of plans for a mega-expansion of Olympic Dam. In coming years the company will investigate an alternative, less capital-intensive design of the proposed open-pit expansion, involving new technologies, to substantially improve the economics of the project. BHP wrote-off US$346 million which had already been invested in the proposed expansion.

Information about Olympic Dam:

  • http://archive.foe.org.au/anti-nuclear/issues/oz/u/roxby
  • SA Greens MLC Mark Parnell's detailed Q&A with the SA government: http://markparnell.org.au/campaign.php?campaignn=29
  • Cuttlefish Country (impacts on the Spencer Gulf and the Giant Cuttlefish) http://cuttlefishcountry.com/
  • Save the Basin (impacts on the Great Artesian Basin) http://savethebasin.com

Photos of Lizard's Revenge:

  • http://lizardsrevenge.net/photos
  • http://flickr.com/photos/zebparkes/sets
  • http://greenleft.org.au/node/51648
  • http://greenleft.org.au/node/51658