The recent public hearing in Wauchula regarding zoning and permitting the huge Ona mine continues the downward spiral of Hardee County. Here is an excellent letter from Nancy Armstrong in which she reviews the hearing and its consequences.
Letter to the editor in July 18, 2018 Arcadian regarding the phosphate industry’s relationship with CHNEP (Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program):
Link to Letter to the Editor in July 19, 2018 Arcadian:
A New Mosaic Agreement
Last week’s edition of the Herald Advocate provided a thorough a history of the Care Sync story until the present failure. We as citizens and observers of this saga over the past few years have truly puzzled at how large amounts of money have been repeatedly sunk into this project despite unfulfilled promises, like dumping money into a black hole. Continue reading “A New Mosaic Agreement”
Side note to Debbie Taylor re your comment about how important phosphate is to get clothes clean. Phosphates were banned from use back in the early 1970s due to extreme environmental damage from water runoff into our water system. And yet, our clothes still get clean.
Letters from Concerned Citizens:
Letter to the Editor of the Arcadian April 26, 2018 posing several very important questions.
Come clean, DeSoto County commissioners
Mine reclamation is risky business. It’s like building a home on a Superfund site.
DeSoto County … protect yourself from phosphate mining. Rodeo arenas, (McSwain Park) splash-pad, donations and tax revenue are being accepted to allow Mosaic to pollute your water, land and air.
This is no laughing matter, commissioners. This is all common sense. Mosaic is giving you money for your water to dilute their carcinogens into the Horse Creek for the next 30 years.
Commissioners, tell me what the Peace River and Horse Creek will look like after Mosaic mines in Pine Level for 30 years.
Buddy Mansfield, Terry Hill, Judy Schaefer, Elton Langford and Jim Selph, all five of you will be responsible for the degradation of the Horse Creek. And if a cancer cluster should arise in Hidden Acres among the residents, you will be responsible for that too.
Remember Hidden Acres floods easily; Mosaic will not be able to keep their toxic chemicals off their property during a flood. Plus, decades of Mosaic diluting their pollution into the Horse Creek will contaminate the drinking water.
Phosphate mining is dirty business; there is nothing safe or clean about radioactive waste!
Boone, North Carolina
May we all stand and be accountable
Topic of the day … is phosphate [stripand- rape] mining good or bad for DeSoto County? Will the citizens be heard, or will their pleas fall on deaf ears dull of hearing? Will it be profit over people, again?
I wanted to make a public announcement that I pray for this county and all that goes on here. Nothing is done or said without God knowing. May we all stand and be accountable for ourselves now and for the future of DeSoto County and the surrounding county, especially those who get their drinking water from the low river/ Horse Creek through the Peace River/ Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority. Just how many wells, wetlands, flag ponds, sloughs, named and unnamed stream tributaries to the Peace River and Horse Creek, are within the proposed mining boundary in DeSoto County?
There is a scheduled planning/zoning board meeting in Arcadia on June 5-6. Please attend, thank you.
Fight to keep quality of life
Water, it’s about water. What you drink, bath in and fill your pools with.
Horse Creek flows into the Peace River above the water plant. The poisons will end up in your water my Charlotte County friends. It will flow into the Harbor and kill it. What will that do to Sunseekers?
This proposed mining is not a Desoto County problem. It is a Florida problem.
The smoke from fires in the Everglades comes here, as does Sahara sand. As the crow flies, Pine Level is much closer, less than 20 miles away, the dust will impact you. It causes breathing problems and has radioactive properties.
Please pay attention and fight to keep your quality of life.
The phosphate mining company Mosaic is currently seeking permits that will allow them to mine more than 50,000 acres in Manatee, DeSoto and Hardee Counties. These mines will negatively affect the Peace River watershed water and Myakahatchee Creek which provide both Sarasota and North Port with drinking water, and encroach on Myakka State Park. Since Mosaic now owns exclusively all the phosphate reserves in west central Florida, people may wonder why you can scarcely turn on a radio or television these days without hearing or seeing their advertisements? Why do they blanket area newspapers with their reassurances and promises, with direct mailings and billboards extolling their virtues as trustworthy “stewards of the land,” planters of trees, and conservers of water resources? The answer is simple: Mosaic doesn’t need to sell its product in Florida since its main customers are huge fertilizer consortiums in Brazil, India and China. Here Mosaic needs only to sell its image and its brand. Continue reading “Orchids and Strip Mines Don’t Mix 2013”