In a unanimous vote tonight the Columbia County commissioners agreed to draft a letter opposing the mine in Bradford and Union Counties. The letter will be sent to those counties and various agencies which might have an interest, including permitting agencies such as water management districts and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Steve Nimmis of SRWMD & Terry Phelan Marc Lyon, Baker County & Terry Phelan
We had a good turnout of support as Vice President Terry Phelan gave a detailed explanation of the dangers and risks posed by this endeavor, and Marc Lyon of Baker County, who gave insight and information regarding mines and Land Development Regulations in other counties. Steve Minnis of Suwannee River Water Management District also spoke to the issue, as did Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Sierra Club representative, and your historian, as a riparian land owner downstream from the mine.
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson Sierra Club and OSFR member
Happily, Commissioners DePratter and Williams set the tone for the board when they expressed concern over the risk posed by the mine. Soon the rest followed in line and the vote was unanimous to draft the requested letter. Our thanks go to all the board for its foresight in doing this part to stop the mine.
The loyal crew: Terry Phelan, presenter and vice president, Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Sierra Club but we still claim her, Marc Lyon, always there to help when we need him, Larry Carol Burton, constant mine fighter, Walter Bickmeyer, gives of his time and staunch worker, Jane Blaise, a supporter we can count on. Not pictured, Charlie Trowbridge, loyal worker,who slipped away,Thanks to all and we won a victory!
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-