Yesterday, a group of SAUMA and Aminuis Representatives paid a visit to the office of the Environmental Commissioner, to deliver public comments and to ensure their voices were heard regarding the Wings Project, a proposed in situ leach mining operation in the Stampriet Artesian Basin.
The Wings Project, which involves a preliminary pilot test for in situ uranium leach mining, has garnered substantial public interest, particularly concerning its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and accompanying documents. Originally, the deadline for public comments on these critical documents was set for 23 January 2024, at 12:00 PM.
However, the sheer volume and gravity of public concern have prompted an extension of this deadline. Over 800 comments from affected parties were submitted to the Environmental Commissioner, highlighting the depth of public concern about the project's potential environmental impacts.
An extended deadline for public comment submissions was announced last night for 23 February 2024. This development marks a critical moment for environmental stewardship in the region. The Stampriet Artesian Basin, a lifeline for settlements, farms, towns and our ecosystem, demands our utmost attention and care. The proactive stance of SAUMA and Aminuis representatives serves as a reminder that the people of Namibia will keep doing everything in their power to protect and preserve our sole source of drinking water.
Read the public notice from the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism: Here
You can view and download all resource documents: Here
Feel free to add your comments below and join the community effort to protect our water.