News of the Weird

  • by: Chuck Shepherd
  • Updated: August 15, 2007 - 10:39 PM

Australian Jeffrey Lee is the last surviving member of a clan that controls the Koongarra uranium deposit near Kakadu National Park (east of Darwin), and federal law requires his permission for the French energy company Areva to extract the estimated 14,000 tons, perhaps worth the equivalent of $4.2 billion (U.S.), but Lee vows never to sell because "if you disturb that land, bad things will happen."This is my country," he told the Sydney Morning Herald in July. "I'm not interested in money. I've got a job. ... I can go fishing and hunting. That's all that matters to me."

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