The DuPont City Council is holding a hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, ostensibly to receive public input and vote on a proposed 2011 Settlement Agreement with CalPortland to expand its gravel mining operations in DuPont. I urge all DuPont citizens and interested people to attend.
I oppose mining expansion that requires dewatering of the aquifer underlying DuPont. Dewatering the aquifer will pump out millions of gallons of groundwater that sustains flow in Sequalitchew Creek and which will result in lowering the local water table enough to harm wetlands in our watershed.
The issue for DuPont seems to boil down to either facing down the threat of a potentially costly CalPortland lawsuit by enforcing provisions of the current minding permit (mining above the aquifer), DNR’s current Reclamation Plan, the 1994 settlement, DuPont’s municipal codes, and DuPont’s comprehensive land use plan or allowing violation of all these constraints so CalPortland can mine the south parcel in favor of accepting $200,000 (funding other parties to prepare an Edmond Marsh and Sequalitchew Creek restoration plan) to restore further damaged and degraded wetlands and Sequalitchew Creek.
DuPont is no longer officially a company town, but isn’t that exactly what we are when we let a company like CalPortland dictate policy to us? When will our elected officials find the courage to do what’s right for DuPont and take charge of our own destiny?
That time is now. Require CalPortland to uphold the agreements its already made. Oppose the 2011 settlement agreement.