SOUND OFF / Dec. 29, 2011

Published 12:09 am Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sound Off highlights anonymous, brief takes on the news offered via telephone by Daily News readers.

Our county’s very own Blount’s Creek pristine waters are threatened. There is already a permit issued to a mining company to mine a quarry, site size of 1,664 acres, just a few miles from our upper Blount’s Creek waters. The plan will extract 9 million gallons of runoff daily, directly into the tributaries that flow into Blount’s Creek. Marine biologists have already stated that this will impact our wildlife. Migratory fish and eagles and all wildlife will suffer. Our county and state are about to provide us with a modern, new boat ramp and fishing pier that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. No need to do it now as there will be no fish to catch or eagles to see. People need to stand up and ask questions.

The new quarry is planning to dump 3.2 billion gallons of fresh water in Blount’s Creek every year. What effect do you think this will have on the estuary? Why don’t we just rename the creek the Blount’s Quarry Wastewater Ditch?

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