Friday, July 12, 2024

Namibian Govt warns of possible “conflicting uses” of Stampriet Aquifer it shares with Botswana

The Namibian government has joined the rising chorus of concern about uranium mining possible contamination of the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System, the country’s largest water basin that extends into Botswana as well as South Africa.

The warning comes amid demands by some of Namibia’s poorest citizens who are calling for In situ leaching mining (ISL) to proceed in the Omaheke Region, which borders Botswana and is located in eastern Namibia. ISL is a method of extracting minerals from ore by dissolving it underground and then pumping the resulting pregnant solution to the surface, where the minerals are extracted.

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