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Local uranium ore prospect should be studied again

Posted: Wednesday, Jan 13th, 2010

ROOSEVELT — With Governor Jan Brewer endorsing more nuclear power plants in the state and wanting more Arizona uranium mines to fuel them, the man who was in charge of the Westinghouse Uranium Exploration program northeast of Roosevelt Lake in the late 1970s believes this area of Gila County should be fully investigated one more time for possible uranium mining.

“Workman Creek is a viable uranium mine prospect and should be looked at thoroughly again,” remarked former Globe-Miami resident James George Jones. “I managed the exploration program for uranium not only at Workman Creek, but also in the Sierra Anchas ... we worked in Cherry Creek, Turkey Creek and surrounding areas.”

Jones was hired by Westinghouse ‘s Wyoming Minerals division to be the person in charge of the company’s Gila County exploration project from 1977 to 1980. Speaking from his home at Arequipa, Peru, Jones told the Arizona Silver Belt that, “We developed a pretty substantial ore body there at Workman Creek and we had some other prospects in the area, but didn’t ever really get a chance to develop their potential.”

He said he and the other geologists did discover additional nearby uranium zones in the ground which needed to be drilled and evaluated, but that didn’t happen.

For the complete article see the 01-13-2010 issue.

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