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.