From our readersIssue Date: February 7, 2018
Letter to Editor:
Have you read or heard the news that some wells in Peshtigo Township have been poisoned by runoff water from the Ansul/Tyco test field? This water is not drinkable nor will it be.
This is exactly what we have been trying to get across to you as residents, that God forbid, should the Back Forty Mine go thru, the Menominee River and Bay (our water supply) would immediately start the pollution process and become poisoned as days, weeks, months, years go by!!! No drinking water. No bathing/shower. No laundry water. No useable water! What will you do then??? This is serious stuff folks. It is time to turn off your TV's, put down your cell phones, learn and think about what is occurring in your community right here under your noses. Get off of your laurels and take a stand.
Stop the mine...now, before it's too late and nothing further can be done but to move out of what will certainly become a dead zone!
Carole J. Boerner
Re: Welcome to the New World Order!
We though it would never happen: We now have something in common with Flint, Mich. Our drinking water is in danger of being compromised and, according to the newspaper reports, Tyco has discovered it may have contaminated some residents' drinking water. Tyco wasted no time in discovering the problem, shutting down the test site area, and rapidly testing the areas well water. Time will be needed to do further testing on what the chemicals long term effects will be on the area. In the meantime, Tyco will supply bottled water to affected families, pay for new wells, or connect to the city water supply. Tyco has been here for a long time and plans to stay here much longer. Kudos for Tyco! Aquila Resources, on the other hand, has not been in this area very long at all. Aquila plans no long term history here. As soon as the Back 40 mine site has been mined out, Aquila will vanish back to Canada leaving us to endure the aftermath of the damage to our surrounding environment for decades to come. Aquila claims that they have set up a cleanup fund to take care of any air, land, and water cleanup. But guess what! There will never be enough money to fully do the job. All Aquila has to do is file for bankruptcy and poof! No more money. History has consistently shown that industry and big business always stick the taxpayers with a toxic site cleanup through a federal super fund. The New World order has come to our doorsteps. The citizens of this area will face the very real possibility our way of life will be gone forever. How many plastic bottles will it take for everyday living? Most of all, say goodbye to enjoying a glass of water from your kitchen faucet. Known and unknowns are in our drinking water supply today. More identified and lethal chemicals such as cyanide will be dumped in the Menominee River if Aquila get its way through the M.D.E.Q. The citizens of Flint did not have a choice to stop their city drinking water contamination and, as a result, twelve innocent people died. If the M.D.E.Q. grants Aquila the final wetlands permit, pro mine or not, like it or not - we are all in like Flint.
Rick and Kathy Prusak
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