This presentation by Dennis Mader, introduced by Andy Mele, was delivered to a full-house audience on May 31, 2018 in Arcadia, DeSoto County, FL. Dennis discusses the fact that phosphate mining activities have been the subject of citizen protest for decades and continues on today.
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.
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.