This month, the alert concerns a plan to build an "infeasible" mine in close proximity to a major aquifer. You may drink the water yourself, because the water in the area is already the source of some controversy. Up around Evart, in Osceola County, Nestlé has been seeking approval to suck 400 gallons a minute out of the ground, mostly to be bottled as part of its Ice Mountain brand. In fact, Nestlé has pumped billions of gallons of water out of the ground in Michigan over the last 20 years, and paid the state perhaps a few thousand dollars in fees for the privilege.
Now come plans for a company called Michigan Potash to dig a mine in the area. Doug Miller, a resident in the area contacted us in an alarmed tone that has become the cadence of the beleaguered Michigan environmental movement. Here's the issue summed up in a video you ought to see.
“Michigan’s Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is fast-tracking a monumental water-grab and contamination nightmare in a pristine rural area of the Lower Peninsula,” he says. “Colorado-based Michigan Potash Company plans a solution-mine near Evart. Michigan's DEQ has abetted this effort by keeping secret all information about the project for the past 10 months. Now, after releasing a small fraction of that information, they are giving the public only seven days to evaluate and comment. DEQ plans to approve the project by the end of March.”
Miller adds, “Michigan Potash obsessively avoids public scrutiny, but you can help rip away this veil of secrecy by visiting the following sites and encouraging others to do likewise.”
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