Uranium mining companies to fight it out in court

Miners clash on native title
* Sarah-Jane Tasker
* From: The Australian
* November 13, 2009

THE joint-venture partners in what is expected to be Australia’s next uranium mine are locked in a legal dispute over a native title agreement on the project.

Alliance Resources, a 25 per cent stakeholder in the Four Mile project in South Australia, has moved in the Supreme Court against joint-venture partner Quasar Resources, an affiliate of US-based Heathgate Resources.

Alliance is accusing Quasar and Heathgate of negotiating a native title agreement combining the Four Mile project with Heathgate’s Beverley mine.

The company said it was not involved in negotiations on the agreement and was concerned it exposed Alliance to liabilities that might apply only to the Beverley operation.

“As the native title mining agreement hasn’t been registered, a mining lease can’t be offered to the joint venture at this time, and therefore onsite construction at Four Mile can’t commence,”Alliance said………..http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/miners-clash-on-native-title/story-e6frg9dx-1225797126479


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