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Rush for rare earth may create Nebraska boomtown
The Washington Times ^ | August 2, 2011 | Claire Courchane

Posted on 08/02/2011 5:57:55 PM PDT by jazusamo

Elk Creek, Neb. (population 112), may not be so tiny much longer. Reports suggest that the southeastern Nebraska hamlet may be sitting on the world’s largest untapped deposit of “rare earth” minerals, which have proved to be indispensable to a slew of high-tech and military applications such as laser pointers, stadium lighting, electric car batteries and sophisticated missile-guidance systems.

Canada-based Quantum Rare Earths Developments Corp. last week received preliminary results from test drilling in the area, showing “significant” proportions of “rare earth” minerals and niobium.

The only people more excited than Quantum? The residents of Elk Creek, where nearly one in seven people live under the poverty line, but whose economy has been booming ever since the company showed up late last year to start laying the groundwork for a possible mining bonanza.

“It’s been a very, very positive experience for our community,” said state Sen. Lavon Heidemann, an Elk Creek farmer. “When Quantum came in here, they put money in the local community. And any time you have money flowing in a small town, that’s a positive.”

The potential mining operation, the first in the U.S. in a decade, could have an international impact as well. U.S. officials and lawmakers in Congress have been eager to break the near monopoly on global production of the 17 rare-earth elements in China, which has shown its willingness to use its power in the market for political ends.

Quantum acquired a circular piece of land - a bit more than 4 miles in diameter - near Elk Creek late last year. The land, which the U.S. Geological Survey projects may have one of the world’s largest deposits of niobium and rare earths, has since been poked, prodded and drilled to determine whether it held any niobium, which has never been mined...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: elkcreek; mining; quantum; rareearthminerals
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1 posted on 08/02/2011 5:58:00 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Good for them!

Unfortunately the EPA will probably catch wind of it and shut them down.

The environazis hate mining.


2 posted on 08/02/2011 5:59:32 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: jazusamo

Damn! This could “create” some jobs!

Someone from the EPA or another .gov agency needs to shut down and stop talk of this at once! Perhaps 0bama will arrange for the Chinese to lease the land.


3 posted on 08/02/2011 6:00:52 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: jazusamo

I think we passed through there early in July. Interesting. Have to forward to my BIL that’s from Nebraska.


4 posted on 08/02/2011 6:01:32 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: jazusamo

Look for Obama to turn the entire region into a national park.

Same playbook as Clinton blocking the nation’s clean coal supply under a similar blockade and of course ANWAR.


5 posted on 08/02/2011 6:01:49 PM PDT by sbMKE
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To: jazusamo

Future World Heritage site...


6 posted on 08/02/2011 6:04:15 PM PDT by null and void (Day 922. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: GatorGirl

exactly, or the they will find an endangered red legged frog


7 posted on 08/02/2011 6:05:16 PM PDT by JoanneSD (TEA PARTY VERSES TEE TIME)
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To: GatorGirl; All
Yes, the enviro-nazis usually scream their heads off on these mining deals but they've been kinda quiet on this so far. Only guessing but it could be because of the potential value and that this location looks to be a fair distance from anything.

Elk Creek, Nebrska

8 posted on 08/02/2011 6:06:44 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: GatorGirl

Exactly what I was thinking. As soon as the anti-prosperity socialists at the EPA find out they will suddenly discover that the spotted leaf sh#t weed grows only on the proposed mining site.


9 posted on 08/02/2011 6:07:32 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: jazusamo

LOL, rare earth elements are not rare they are just called that, one of them is a little but there is still supply meeting demand.


10 posted on 08/02/2011 6:07:32 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: jazusamo

Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

11 posted on 08/02/2011 6:08:46 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Racism! China needs those!


12 posted on 08/02/2011 6:10:39 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: beaversmom

Most of Nebraska is “depressed.” Especially the State capital, Lincoln.


13 posted on 08/02/2011 6:15:40 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: jazusamo

Good! I just bought a slew of NdBFe and samarium magnets and they were twice what I paid three years ago.


14 posted on 08/02/2011 6:15:47 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: GatorGirl
I thought this bit was interesting...

Environmental groups have remained silent on the Quantum project in Nebraska, but rare earths are used in many aspects of “green” technology, including hybrid-engine cars and wind turbines.

The Sierra Club of Nebraska has declined to comment on the mine until production begins.

15 posted on 08/02/2011 6:16:49 PM PDT by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: jazusamo

bet all they want to do is celebrate....


16 posted on 08/02/2011 6:17:33 PM PDT by robertwalker62
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To: KoRn

We’ll have to put something up for collateral when the Chinese demand that the debt be paid back. And if the EPA won’t allow us to develop it, it will be ripe for the picking... for the Chinese. Like most of the undeveloped natural resources in this country.


17 posted on 08/02/2011 6:21:26 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: org.whodat

If there was more of it, it would be cheaper, and we sure could use it. Every electric car would use a lot of neodymium in the motors. Any good generator could use it also.


18 posted on 08/02/2011 6:21:30 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Hugin

Until production begins.

Get the evil company to invest lots of money and then get an injunction.

I doubt they are buying into the “green” technology argument. They hate success unless they profit from it!


19 posted on 08/02/2011 6:21:30 PM PDT by GatorGirl (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: jazusamo

It’s possible that this prospect will be mined but REEs have been the flavor of the year at the mining expos. As long as Elk River doesn’t increase world supply by a large factor, then the project could be viable, however, some of these projects are large enough to substantially influence the market price of the REE in question so Quantum will want to find a long term contract. If Quantum lines up a long term supply contract, perhaps with the Japanese, then this project would be a go. The grades on the drill hole intervals look good and it would be an underground mine which would make the environazis a tiny bit happier.

By the way, the only reason the environazis have not been out in force protesting this is because they haven’t applied for a mining permit yet, just permits for the drilling and drill pads. They will kick up a storm as they always do. There will be a big stir over the processing of the ore.


20 posted on 08/02/2011 6:21:59 PM PDT by jimnm
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To: The Antiyuppie
Flubber works better, though.
21 posted on 08/02/2011 6:23:07 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: jazusamo

While it is good for the country, the hard part is concentrating and separating rare earths. It is terribly hard, because the different elements tend to be chemically similar, and it tends to be very polluting.

The US now has three major rare earth areas, one in California, one in Texas, and this one. But hopefully this one will stimulate the industry to develop better, and less polluting means of refinement.

The easiest way is likely through the use of genetically modified microorganisms and plants, that can distinguish between different elements and selectively concentrate them. This is already being done for some other, toxic metals.


22 posted on 08/02/2011 6:23:23 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: dhs12345

Why? I’ve been up there; fantastically productive land, great hard-working people, good Universities, gegraphic center of the nation, what’s wrong?


23 posted on 08/02/2011 6:25:13 PM PDT by ngat
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

It’d be a real boon to develop less polluting methods of separating the rare earths and the technology, as you say, has to be coming.

There have been several articles posted here regarding the Mountain Pass mine and pollution has been the big problem there.


24 posted on 08/02/2011 6:30:04 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

It takes seven years to open a small gold mining operation here in Nevada.
Even in an area that has depended of gold production for a century.

The eco-nuts WILL extort the mining company if they try to begin production.

And just why is it that every time I hear of a new mining venture, it is a Canadian company?

How are the Canadians so able to pursue so many projects American companies apparently cannot?

Something is very wrong here.


25 posted on 08/02/2011 6:32:01 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: KoRn
Department of Energy and OSHA are far more important to mining rare earths than those other agencies.

The problem isn't in mining the ore ~ or in handling processed rare earths. It's instead the question of crushing the ore ~ there is always some residual radiation in the stuff and when you bust the ore bodies to powder to move it on to extraction you release whatever there is.

Human beings are kind of sensitive to it ~ so DOE wants it done right and OSHA will want it done safely.

This will be a new mining operation so it'd be a safe bet they will do everything correctly ~ in older mining operations they simply didn't understand the risk. One large mine has been retrofitted for the purpose of containing the radiation and it should have come back on line this Summer.

26 posted on 08/02/2011 6:32:33 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: jazusamo

They may be quiet because the future of their little putt-putt cars depend on the availability of some of these metals.

If I lived around there, I’d try to buy up as much land as I could. Who knows who might be sitting on a “gold mine”.

BTW, if the evironmentalists invent a nearly-extinct salamander nearby that must have its habitat protected, you’ll know the fix is in. That’s their standard procedure to halt drilling or expansion now is to claim some fictitous lizard or beetle will be wiped out.


27 posted on 08/02/2011 6:36:10 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Obama: The Dr. Kevorkian of the American economy.)
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To: jazusamo

“The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011”

Not impressed with the author, how about including the ACTUAL BILL NUMBER so we can offer our support!


28 posted on 08/02/2011 6:39:17 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: jazusamo

“The National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2011”

Not impressed with the author, how about including the ACTUAL BILL NUMBER so we can offer our support!

Found it.

H.R. 2011
http://naturalresources.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=253644

Needs to cut the red tape with an ax, seven years to open a small gold mine is ridiculous.
Should include drilling for oil too, F’ Obammie and his goal of destroying our economy/jobs.


29 posted on 08/02/2011 6:43:28 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Loyal Sedition; All
The bill number is H.R. 2011

govtrack.us, H.R. 2011

30 posted on 08/02/2011 6:45:38 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
" Yes, the enviro-nazis usually scream their heads off on these mining deals but they've been kinda quiet on this so far. Only guessing but it could be because of the potential value and that this location looks to be a fair distance from anything. "

The Environmentalists " it's not pollution when we do it " ....

The truth be told ?

The reason why they have kept quiet about this new mine in Nebraska is because some of the minerals from that mine, they need, and are using it for their " GREEN " pet projects and causes, like the batteries in some of those electric cars.
THE ENVIRONMENTALIST ARE HYPOCRITES !!

Liberalism/progressism/environmentalism hypocrisy at it's worse example once again.... " DO AS I SAY ! AND NOT DO AS I DO " ....
The environmentalist movement was never !
never,
never meant to stop pollution !
or as they say " SAVE THE EARTH " ...

No, no , no, it's part of the New World Order elitists folk's plan all along for population control, and if you want to know how they are going to control the population, just take a look in how Nazi Germany took care of their problem.

The elitists want all the world's riches, pleasures, and the good things in life all to themselves.
They see the world's over population to them as a threat to their enjoyment of what this world has to offer.
31 posted on 08/02/2011 6:45:57 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: jazusamo

China will be buying Quantum and Nebraska shortly.


32 posted on 08/02/2011 6:46:03 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Loyal Sedition

You beat me. :-)


33 posted on 08/02/2011 6:46:33 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
I think I read elsewhere that we have plenty of these minerals...Maybe something about regulations....

which means government hasn't decided whether to tax at 80% or 90%

or whether to declare the ants on any of the mineral lands as endangered.

34 posted on 08/02/2011 6:50:01 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: GatorGirl

President Obama today declared Elk Creek Nebraska a National Landmark thereby restricting forever the extraction of any materials that would contribute to the economy and well being of the United States and the people of Elk Creek.

Tomorrow at 10 AM from the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago...


35 posted on 08/02/2011 6:50:42 PM PDT by Shady (Capitalism works for men who do. Socialism works for men who don’t The numbers do not lie.)
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To: OrangeHoof

They don’t have to invent any species, they just plant some nest, feathers, or (Lynx) hairs of already “endangered” species and claim the area as critical habitat.

I have never heard of them being prosecuted for these frauds, no matter how red-handed they are caught.


36 posted on 08/02/2011 6:50:52 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

You forgot our Lithium mine in Silver Peak, Nevada.

Rumor has it another may open in Crescent Valley.


37 posted on 08/02/2011 6:53:16 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: The Antiyuppie

China supply’s the world because of cheap labor. There are several rare earth mines in Kentucky. However, I hope the people do well with their mines, more supply will lower price. Good for everyone.


38 posted on 08/02/2011 6:58:08 PM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: ngat
My apologies. You are absolutely correct.

I have distant relatives that were from Nebraska.

We had “interesting experiences” when we visited Lincoln. Just surprising that the state capital would be so rough around the edges. They could start with resurfacing the streets.

39 posted on 08/02/2011 7:05:28 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: dhs12345

I wasn’t objecting to your statement that Nebraska’s economy might be depressed right now,it may well be for all I know. I just wondered why, with all that the state has going for it after spending some time working up there getting to know the place myself, 20 years ago.


40 posted on 08/02/2011 7:16:48 PM PDT by ngat
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To: jazusamo

Wow. I’ve got a couple of Rare Earth albums. They’re probably worth millions now huh?


41 posted on 08/02/2011 7:18:21 PM PDT by ImNotLying
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To: ngat

No, that is okay.

I never want to disparage the “hardworking” folks. And I don’t want to come across as a snob.

We stayed in Lincoln — the hotel tried some shenanigans, lots of pot holes in downtown streets, and the massage parlor across from the sub sandwich place. All in one overnight stay.


42 posted on 08/02/2011 7:25:52 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: dhs12345

I know what you mean - I’d hate it too if a town supplied me with a sub-par massage parlor experience.


43 posted on 08/02/2011 7:31:11 PM PDT by ngat
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To: ngat

Lol.


44 posted on 08/02/2011 7:35:51 PM PDT by dhs12345
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To: beaversmom

BIL is a “That”? Poor BIL. He’s just a thang.


45 posted on 08/02/2011 7:43:33 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: jazusamo

“The only people more excited than Quantum?”

I’m excited!


46 posted on 08/02/2011 7:45:49 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: quantim
I’m excited!

I'll bet you own stock. :-)

won't bet much though.:)

47 posted on 08/02/2011 8:05:00 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Elk Creek Water recipe ingredients:
1/2 gallon Everclear® alcohol,
1/2 gallon vodka,
1/2 gallon gin,
4 liters Mountain Dew® citrus soda,
4 liters 7-Up® soda,
4 liters Squirt® citrus soda


48 posted on 08/02/2011 8:09:43 PM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: SolidRedState

Dang! I’d substitute a cup of vermouth for the Mountain Dew, 7-Up and Squirt.

Keep in freezer and have one shot glass full per evening to keep the hitch out of my get-a-long. ;-)


49 posted on 08/02/2011 8:24:56 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: SolidRedState

Man we were just talking about Elk Creek Water the other night and I was trying to remember the recipe. My buddies and I mixed up a batch of that stuff in college one spring semester back in the glorious 80’s when the weather was warm. Lots of shenanigans that night on the campus of Dear Old Nebraka U. I will just say that everyone needed to swim in Broyhill Fountain in their underwear at least once.....
To those bagging on Lincoln, keep in mind that Nebraska has the second lowest unemploment rate in the country and that Omaha is often in the top 5 cities in the nation for doing business, being the headquarters for more Fortune 500 companies than Los Angeles. Just don’t tell the liberals cuz we have a good thing going on quietly here. Of course the weather sucks most of the time and we dont have any oceans or mountains so I guess we are safe for now.


50 posted on 08/02/2011 8:57:16 PM PDT by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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