A film about Paddington’s Peru – the real andean bears, the ice cap and the people
about to be shafted by the UK’s nuclear fanaticism.
There is NO uranium mining or Nuclear Reactors in Peru – this is set to
change with the area of the worlds most important ice cap in the High
Andes, Quelccaya, being aggressively eyed up for uranium mining.
Chief Executive of Macusani Yellowcake Peter Hooper in conversation..
Peter Hooper: Peru has no uranium mining and they have one medical
reactor. That’s it. The uranium here was found by Margaret Thatcher, you
know that of course.
James West: I didn’t know that.
Peter Hooper: She persuaded the British Geological Survey to fly Peru and
half of Chile for airborne geophysics including radiometrics in 1980 and
‘81, really as a thank you for the Falklands.
Out of that came hundreds
of airborne searches and one of the biggest, it’s right where
we are. They created the IPEN, Institute Proven Energy Nuclear at the same
time and IPEN, producing uranium in those days before Chernobyl went sky
high and they did some quite a lot of exploration work including some
added work. So that’s the basis of where we started- uranium price crash
that changed the mining law in ‘91 which meant that IPEN had to stop
paying the government for all these properties there then they change the
rules. Uranium to this day is treated as a base metal – so no
James West: So then who would be the ultimate client with that — implied
that in the UK would probably be the first off taker.