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DUPONT: CalPortland wins, citizens lose

Letter by Donald J. Russell, Lakewood on Jan. 27, 2012 at 11:13 am with 2 Comments »
January 27, 2012 1:26 pm

Re: “DuPont will get up to $200,000  for watershed-restoration project” (TNT, 1-25).

For all the wrong and self-serving reasons cited by five of six DuPont City Council members at the Jan. 24 meeting, the council has approved the 2011 settlement agreement between mine owner CalPortland, environmental groups and government agencies.

This agreement assigns determining the fate of Edmond Marsh, Sequalitchew Creek, Kettle Lake, Sequalitchew Creek Ravine Riparian Forest and Springs and the Puget Sound Shoreline Springs to the commercial interests of CalPortland, the Department of Ecology, the Environmental Caucus and the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group – none of whom have any obligation to heed the desires of the citizens of DuPont in regard to the future of these environmentally sensitive areas.

Meaningful DuPont citizen involvement in negotiations leading to this agreement and during several presentations by proponents to the DuPont City Council was effectively denied.

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  1. sandblower says:

    Just saying that they have no “obligation to heed the desires of the citizens of DuPont……” does not necessarily mean they will not heed the desires of the citizens of DuPont. They may very well heed the citizen’s desires without having an obligation.
    How much do you really know?

  2. DavidAnderson says:

    If the citizens of DuPont will help the citizens of Lakewood get 5,000 signatures by March 2nd on the initiative to stop High Speed Rail (www.communitymattersweb.com) from coming through both cities 12 times per day, then we will help DuPont in the process of obtaining the rights of Initiative and Referendum – the only means you otherwise have when you believe elected representatives cannot, or will not, represent your interests as citizens.

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