Why do they drill if not to mine?

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, November 25, 2020

To The Editor:

Will we be one of the less-than-5%?

Thank you for Alexa Massey’s report on the Buckingham Joint Work Session on November 16.

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Doing the math on Aston Bay Holdings’ use of our water to drill 23 exploratory holes, Canadians’ free use of our water: 2,500 gallons (average of 2,000- 3,000 gallons per hole) x 23 drilled holes=57,500 gallons. Compared to bottled water=230,000 quarts= 460,000 pints at $1.50=$690,000.Who’s paying for this illegal withdrawal of Buckingham’s water?

Concerning the repeated focus on drilling vs. mining, why drill — if not to mine? We truly must consider the cost/benefit mentioned by Dr. John Chernak. What will be the benefit to local residents as we sacrifice our water and our children’s futures?

What will a questionnaire for drilling require if it’s for a non-permitted activity — when mining is prohibited in A-1?

Expert testimonies downplayed the threat to our community.

Does anyone else question our local rights and who is looking out for them?

Finally, do you trust that open-pit mines bring money and jobs? Mining 101: https://www.earthworks.org/issues/mining/ Gold Mining Pollution and the Cost of Private Healthcare: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/ pii/S0921800915301853.

Kenda Hanuman