From our readersIssue Date: March 15, 2019
Letter to Editor:
Menominee and Marinette residents, in the middle of the night and without warning are suddenly and abruptly awakened to the thundering sound and howl of a thousand roaring freight trains coming down the Menominee river at a speed equal to a giant jet airplane taking off from the Menominee County airport.
Compare this to the Vale Mining Company's Brumadinho tailings dam collapse (2nd Vale dame collapse in 3 years) releasing over 36 million cubic yards of tailings slime at Minas Gerais, Brazil on 1/25/19 killing 186 people and polluting over 200 miles of river. Tell these people you're using the latest and best technology and your slime pit dam cannot fail. Fact"-Anything on the face of the earth put together by man will fail, it all depends on when. Everything in nature reverts to its original form - in time! Environmentalists claim many of the already existing 3,500 tailings pond dams are in present danger of collapse.
Aquila Resources, Inc. Community propaganda machine showed some great pictures in a full-page ad they put in the March 2 issue of the Eagle Herald entitled, "Back Forty Tailings Management Facility". They failed to list the dimensions of their "Tailings Management Facility" so I did as they suggest, went to their website on the internet, and also other Mine Tailings ponds that were well described and explained in terms of the "real world' - not the one Aquila wants us to know about but a more vivid explanation of the "tailings pond' as "tailings, also called mine dumps, slimes, tails, refuse, leach or sickens are the materials left over after the process of separating the valuable fraction from the uneconomic fraction of an ore.l Tailings are distinct from overburden which is the waste rock or other material that overlies an ore or mineral body and is displaced during mining without being processed".
The details, conveniently omitted from Aquila's pictures taken from their website show their tailings pond are as 3,000' long by 1,980' wide and approximately 40' below ground and up to 120' above ground relying on "compacted waste rock' for containment. Compare this to the "Titanic' also a manmade "state of the art' structure that couldn't fail. Aquila's tailings pond is equal to 3-1/2 Titanic's in length, (882'9" L & 92'6" W) and wide enough for 42-1/2 Titanic's or a total of 145 Titanic's all embedded 40 feet in the ground and over 50' above ground, containing a mixture of lead, arsenic, cyanide and other chemicals in a slimy mixture ratio of 30/70. (30% solids and 70% water).
Consider this tailings slime being dumped into our water.
No one would deny that life is just too busy. It seems that work, chores, family demands and many responsibilities fill our day. But there are some days when a person just needs to stop and carve out a little time to give a voice to our most precious and vulnerable citizens, our children. You see, if you were like me, I never realized that there are children who survive and are born alive during a botched abortion. I believe it is such a horrific thing that it is not a subject many like to talk about, particularly media. But I have learned it does occur and there are living survivors who have given testimony on Capitol Hill. (Gianna Jessen is one such survivor of a failed saline abortion.) It has become the subject of much consternation recently among our national lawmakers.
The question our senators are talking about is what we, as a nation, do with a newborn who survives - against all odds - in an abortion clinic. In January a Senate bill was introduced called the Born-alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S311). When a vote was taken to advance the bill and allow the Senate to begin debating it, it was defeated 53 to 44 when all but three Democrats voted no. I was appalled to hear that our Senator Tammy Baldwin voted no. When I contacted Senator Baldwin her response was it was "about a woman's right to choose." Does this "right" extend beyond the womb? Since the time of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade our nation has been on a dangerous and slippery moral slope. It began with initially deceiving America to believe a child in the womb was "just tissue", to today where the fate of an abortion survivor is in the hands of the very people who failed to terminate their life.
Have we lost all morality? Do our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness only apply to those who can speak out for themselves? Well, I am speaking out for them. I must. We need strong legislation with criminal penalties to protect them and we need legislators who believe in the sanctity of human life and are willing to cross party lines to protect it.
Senator Baldwin wrote me saying, "I voted against this measure because I believe that Congress should focus on bolstering the economy and strengthening the middle class. . ." I am middle class, in a blue collar family and believe me we must balance our check-book to the penny. But I know when we put such matters ahead of protecting life of our innocents; we have arrived at the deepest depth of immorality.
Letter to Editor:
Once again, Aquila Resources, Inc. is attempting to confuse the Eagle Herald readers by its advertisement on page 10 of the paper's March 2 edition under the heading "Back Forty Mine, Tailings Management Facility". Telling the public, a bunch of "half truths' is the same as telling them "all lies' which, in this case begins in their presentation of the comparison of two different tailing pond designs. The designs they put into their comparative article appear to be three reprints of dozens of designs available to anyone on the internet under the heading, "Tailings Ponds" which I fell everyone with access to a computer should visit.
Straying from the truth, are several things they did not reveal. Maybe Aquila will reply to some of the questions and concerns I am going to address in this letter, and maybe they won't because the answers might reveal some of the dangers, we, those of us who have been looking over their shoulder for the past 18 years have openly discussed in "opinion letters', letter to our elected officials and in public meetings. For instance, what are the physical dimensions of the "Back Forty Tailings Management Facility" they propose to build, i.e., the length, width, height, depth millions of cubic feet of toxic waste they intend to store and the amount of land they intent to use. Exactly where will it be located in relation to the Menominee River, lakes, creeks and streams flowing into the Menominee River and or the Shaky Lakes chain of lakes, Shaky River, etc. and from there into Green Bay and Lake Michigan.
Tailings ponds and dams designed to contain waste from mining and processing "FAIL' at a dangerously high rate for a lot of different reasons, most of which because of how they're built and what they contain. Aquila's pond, equal in construction to a "sand castle' shows 1.) Compacted waste rock as a barrier starter wall, compacted waste rock for a perimeter wall; an area called transition and filter zones, lack of direction of water movement, thickened tailings and a plastic double liner system. Exactly the same as many others that filed during the past years killing hundreds of people, polluting hundreds of miles of rivers and destroying millions of acres of earth ecosystem. These are the toxic waste dump problems mining company's leave behind after they take what they want and abandon their clean up responsibilities. The economic benefit to the area they continually lie about is suddenly and abruptly turned into a massive toxic waste area unsuitable for any further use by man, plant or animal until the end of the earth as we know it.
The Winter of 2019
Portraits of beauty
shields of ice
Don't go out tonight.
More school closings
drive with care
Windy and cold
Snow in the forecast
15 inches or so.
Cheer up my friend
this will soon end
And God will shine the
Summer sun again.
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