[ RadSafe ] Deformed Fetuses - Australian Uranium Video

Roger Helbig rhelbig at california.com
Sat Sep 27 05:12:06 CDT 2008



You mentioned "A movie about the mine in Australia showed deformed fetuses
and children that the narrator said was the result of uranium mining."


I would expect that these supposed uranium deformed fetuses stem from the
anti-depleted uranium crusade begun by Saddam Hussein shortly after the Gulf
War that has been nutured by anti-nukes/peace activists ever since.  What
they fail to realize is that they have been had by a very clever propaganda
campaign that has shown them photos (or perhaps even allowed them ie. Dr
Siegwart Horst-Gunther to take their own) of alleged DU caused birth defects
with no actual proof that these defects have anything to do with depleted
uranium.  Some of these photos that appear on anti-uranium sites are of
Harlequin Fetal Syndrome (Harlequin Ichthyosis), a fact I recently learned
surprisingly from the publisher of Dr Horst-Gunther's book when he told me
that the photos I had sent him were not in the book but referred me to
photos of the Harlequin Fetal Syndrome.  Since then, I have done further
research and have connected other photos to this extremely rare genetic,
generally fatal, fetal skin condition, that was first noted in 1750, long
before uranium metal was isolated in 1841 or depleted uranium was used in
the 1991 Gulf War.  You owe it to your readers to look into this and even
seek out non-political medical professionals to review the video and see
what other genetic (non-uranium caused) birth defects are shown in the film.


Thank you.


Roger W Helbig

rhelbig at california.com


PS.  What is the title of this movie?  


very intense independent DU researcher

I have a strong aversion to liars and lies



Uranium foe outlines flaws

By John Crane <mailto:jcrane at registerbee.com> 

Published: September 26, 2008

The leader of a local group opposing uranium mining in Pittsylvania County
disputed several claims made by mining supporters during a forum Thursday
night in Danville. 

Gregg Vickrey, of Southside Concerned Citizens, took statements made by
supporters of uranium and held them up to scrutiny for about 60 attendees at
the Stratford Inn Conference Center. Uranium mining has been banned in
Virginia since the early 1980s, but Virginia Uranium Inc. seeks to mine and
mill a uranium deposit at Coles Hill about six miles northeast of Chatham. 

Vickrey took issue with a recent statement made by Virginia Uranium investor
Henry Hurt that radioactive dust would be contained during exploratory
drilling at Coles Hill. 

Vickrey showed a video of explosions at a mining operation in Australia to
the tune of AC/DC's "T.N.T." 

As dust flew in the video, Vickrey ridiculed Hurt's statement that
state-required water-containment would alleviate radioactive dust during
exploratory drilling and that blasting would occur once or twice a day. He
said the explosion would go on for 30 years and dust from blasting would not
be contained, but would spread around the environment, affecting cattle,
water streams and crops. 

In addition, large rocks would fly far from the site, Vickrey said. 

"I wouldn't want to be driving down Chalk Level Road when this is
happening," he said. 

However, at least one Virginia Uranium official who attended the seminar was
unimpressed with the presentation. 

"The video is an exaggeration of the mining process," said Patrick Wales,
geologist and project manager with the company. 

Wales said claims in the video are "untrue." 

A movie about the mine in Australia showed deformed fetuses and children
that the narrator said was the result of uranium mining. 

Wales presented statements to the Register & Bee from the World Health
Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that say
depleted and natural uranium are not known to cause cancer. 

Vickrey said during his presentation that a mine at Coles Hill would be
about 55 blocks wide. Wales said no one can speculate on the mine's size
until a study is conducted. 

Vickrey also showed photos taken on a road near Coles Hill on Sept. 6, after
the heavy rains, of water along the road and the side of the road. He
questioned how rainwater would be contained and said it would seep through
tailing piles and contaminate water sources. 

Vickrey noted that mining would take place only about a mile from Banister
River. Water supply from here to Albemarle Sound would be contaminated,
affecting millions of people, he said. 

While Delegate Clarke Hogan, R-South Boston, has asked for local chambers of
commerce to gather public questions about a study on the mining, Vickrey
contends the effort will yield minimal results. 

Contact John R. Crane at jcrane at registerbee.com or (434) 791-7987. 


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