Below is Text from a CLEAN letter that I copied into this blog!
Good for Cayuga Lake – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Show up Friday, May 11 at 8:45 A.M. outside the Tompkins County Courthouse at 320 N. Tioga Street, Ithaca, to support the opportunity for a full public review and comment on the proposed construction of Cargill’s Shaft #4. The NYS DEC must require Cargill to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement prior to the construction of this new access shaft to the mine. CLEAN, along with the City of Ithaca, Town of Ithaca, Town of Ulysses, and Village of Union Springs, has filed an Article 78 challenging DEC’s approval of Cargill’s plan without this comprehensive environmental review. Wear BLUE to show your support for the lake.
Good for Cayuga Lake – DISCLOSURE OF SEISMIC STUDIES
Cargill conducted a 2016 seismic study to identify in detail the geological conditions beneath the Lake. Why won’t Cargill release this study that clarifies the risks? DEC claims they don’t have the study. To understand the risk involved, we need to know more about geologically weak areas under the Lake and rock fractures in the area of the proposed shaft.
Good for Cayuga Lake – DECIDE THE CASE ON ITS MERITS
CLEAN connects the dots and shows how Cargill and DEC pay little heed to the environmental and mine safety dangers we raise. Cargill relies on procedural technicalities in its motion to dismiss. We stand for transparency and fairness in our demand for a full environmental review.
Good for Cayuga Lake – CLEAN’S EXPERTS HAVE DOCUMENTED THE RISKS/DANGERS IN CARGILL’S PROJECT TO EXPAND
An eminent salt geologist warns in his report of the risk of mine collapse. He is joined by other highly qualified experts supporting CLEAN’s requests for additional information to complete the assessment of risk.
Good for Cayuga Lake – PROTECT THE LAKE
Cayuga Lake is at the center of who we are as a community. The Lake benefits all our community. Cargill leases the under lake mined land from New York State. Our State agencies, including the DEC, should stand up for all of us. The Tompkins County Supreme Court has the power to set aside DEC’s imprudent approval of the Cargill expansion without sufficient environmental review.
Not Good for Cayuga Lake – ECONOMIC GAIN FOR NORTH AMERICA’S LARGEST PRIVATE CORPORATION AT THE EXPENSE OF THE LAKE—AND THE PUBLIC
Damage to the Lake—the value in dollars could be staggering—would be greater than any financial benefit to the local economy or Cargill. Damage and loss to us and future generations is incalculable. Shouldn’t our children and grandchildren and all future generations have an unspoiled and healthy inheritance?
Not Good for Cayuga Lake – SECRECY BY CARGILL AND COMPLICITY BY the NYS DEC
Cargill’ relationship with DEC is much too cozy. DEC must break from years of caving to Cargill on each under-the-lake mine expansion. Cargill claims that each step in its expansion process is unrelated to past (and future) mining plans and their associated, cumulative environmental risks. This method of proceeding by Cargill, called “Segmentation”, is a charade that should stop now—and the Court has full power to declare it a charade.
Not Good for Cayuga Lake – MINE COLLAPSE
Can you imagine a more saline Cayuga Lake after a mine collapse? Affecting those who drink from the Lake, swim, fish or recreate on the lake. What about the risk to the miners? What about the plants and animals who live in and around the lake and are affected by changes in salinity more than humans? Salt mining has already raised sodium levels in the lake to twice the EPA threshold for people with hypertension.
Not Good for Cayuga Lake – THE RISK PRESENT NOW—SO LET’S STOP IT NOW
Let’s protect our lake from this peril—let’s oppose the business-as usual-practices of Cargill and the DEC! Join us May 11 to STAND UP FOR THE LAKE!