mining – watchdog – in stealth mode we watch

Perspective for your consideration …What does it look like when it’s fixed…?

Summit cyanide ban challenged …Bob Berwyn…Summit Daily News…Summit County, Colorado… excerpted … A local ban on cyanide mining would prevent mining companies from revisiting old mine sites and using a potentially risky open-pit method to try and extract gold from piles of tailings and waste rock….The Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday took on the question of whether a Summit County ban on cyanide-based gold mining is constitutional, probing the boundary between state and county authority.

The article referenced notes action being considered by our neighbors to the Northeast in Colorado. Arizona mining is replete with copious amounts of toxic chemicals such as cyanide being used as part of leaching operations in the extraction of gold and copper.

ADEQ, the state agency formed and mandated to be our “watch-dog” – to serve and to protect us – has become instead that lap-dog which licks its master’s hand and sits idyllically at their feet.

Hourly our water – both surface and subsurface – is subject to receiving the residuals from the cauldron of chemicals mines use to extract and process their particular metal of profit.

As “we” choose not to rise and with clarity speak out and denounce this type of action can “we” honestly choose to call or paint the mines as wrong and bad…? Would not our silence be logically interpreted by the mines that we care not what they do or how their actions affect our health…? And the health of those yet unborn…?

It will not change and it will not be fixed until each of us chooses to honestly take full accountability and responsibility for all of our actions and yes, our inactions, too.

And let me be even a bit bolder I am most willing to present and discuss any water issue before any audience in Arizona where full disclosure and two way dialog is permitted.