Support Suncoast Waterkeeper at the League of Women Voters of Florida speaker panel in Manatee County Monday, February 11th for a phosphate mining discussion. As concerned citizens we need to know more about the industry then what they are telling us! Speakers include:
Andre Mele, Suncoast Waterkeeper and Vice Chair of the Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club; Charlie Hunsicker, Manatee County’s Director of Parks and Natural Resources–the county department that monitors phosphate regulation compliance; and Jackie Barron, Public Affairs Manager for the Mosaic Company
The presentation is 12 noon to 1:00 pm. Optional buffet luncheon from 11:30 to 12 noon ($5 donation). The Bradenton Woman’s Club is located at 1705 Manatee Ave. West. Reservations are not required.h
Newspaper article 04-26-2018 discussing recent Mosaic requests for changes to the master mining plan for Wingate Creek Mine
Letters to the Editor
Saturday, Feb 11, 2017
Would mining activities preclude future normal uses of mined out lands? This is question #6 from the Manatee County staff report, Standards for Master Mining Approval, page 13.
The answer is much more than staff reports. Not only building, but agriculture on reclaimed land would be extremely limited. Is the burden of proof not on the applicant? The market has not demonstrated that agriculture is a viable use of reclaimed mine land.
Mosaic may have their small, intensely managed experiments with ag after mining, however, vast areas of western Polk County demonstrate no agriculture to speak of on reclaimed land. The only exception is a rare siting of a few cows on grazing land.
Go to Hardee County. In 2008, a “Mosaic Agreement” granted the county economic gurus 42 million dollars over a ten year period as compensation for the 11,000 acre South Fort Meade Extension mine. The county will tell you is for economic mitigation in the post-mining economy. This money hopes to start up industry, but the results have been questionable at best. Is this not an admission even by the industry itself that after mining and reclamation, lands will not support the former economy of agriculture.
One time, temporary use; permanent loss. Phosphate strip mining is only profitable for Mosaic. Commissioners, think ahead one hundred years. Vote for Manatee County. Vote no on phosphate mining.
Bone Valley resident
The Coalition to Stop Phosphate Mining announced data they had found about a 40-foot rise in water in the upper containing unit at the north phosphogypsum stack that could have been an indication of a future sinkhole.