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DUPONT: Oppose gravel mine expansion

Letter by Beth Elliott, Judy Handy, DuPont on Oct. 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm with 4 Comments »
October 7, 2011 1:17 pm

On Tuesday, the DuPont City Council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. and vote on a very important issue that will have a negative impact on our watershed and environment. As citizens of DuPont, we urge other citizens to come and speak out against the proposed CalPortland Co.’s south parcel gravel mine expansion that would drain 6.5 million gallons of water a day and deplete our aquifer. (TNT, 10-6).

Clean, unpolluted water is one of the greatest natural resources we are blessed with in any community. It should be protected and preserved for future generations.

One only needs to open a newspaper today to read about water issues: fights over water rights in Eastern Washington, lack of water needed for housing developments in Yelm and most recently an article about a depleted aquifer causing significant damage to buildings as the ground sinks beneath them in Mexico.

We have the opportunity as a city to learn from history’s lessons. We cannot take our gift of ample water in this state for granted. This issue is about responsible use of water. Please come to the public hearing at City Hall to voice opposition to this mine expansion that would dewater our aquifer. Other gravel in DuPont is available that would not impact our water supply.

As Ben Franklin said, “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.”

 

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  1. stetsonwalker says:

    Go find a tree to hug!

  2. Although I don’t live in DuPont, I remember it before Northwest Landing came in. I’m not familiar with the plans for the expansion, but I do know that it is not permitted on Fort Lewis land. They tried sneaking a plan to allow commercial growth
    along the fringes of Fort Lewis a few years ago. But when I reminded them that the people of Pierce County granted that land to the government, it was with the requirement that all of the land be used for military purposes only. I also commented that if such a deal was made, follow the money. The command at Fort Lewis quickly changed their mind and stopped any developement. It might be worth while to check who actually owns that land.

  3. Per Cal Portland, it’s potable water they hope to drain…without a water right. How can this be allowed? That’s certainly not “construction dewatering” as some would want you to believe. The quantity of potable, drinking water quality water withdraw Cal Portland proposes is ten times greater than the city of DuPont uses. The only winners if the mine expands to the South Parcel will be Cal Portland Sand & Gravel, NW Resource Partners and Weyerhaueser who still owns a portion of the mineral rights. Sequalitchew Creek water levels will permanently drop to zero. What a shame.

  4. frosty – the South Parcel land is owned by NW Resource Partners who leases it to Cal Portland; the mineral rights are still partially owned by Weyerhaueser. I haven’t checked, but it’s very likely that Weyerhaueser still owns all the mineral rights in DuPont. Who owns the mineral rights beneath your home…have you ever checked?

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