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  •  Public Lands, Private Profit: Boom or Bust video (6+ / 0-)

    The Alton coal mine next door to Bryce was featured in Part 2 of a 3-part video series on private exploitation of public land, entitled:

    Boom or Bust

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 12:11:39 PM PST

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    •  Thanks for sharing that video (2+ / 0-)
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      Bisbonian, willyr

      Arizona has an amazing number of ghost towns from historical mining activity. Bisbee was saved after the mining company vacated only because a group of counter-culture enthusiasts moved in. The locals have steadily worked on the tourist trade to keep the town viable.

      A few years ago the mine was bought by Freeport-McMoRan and changes are already being felt in the community. Boom, Bust, Boom is a book about the history of the copper mining activity in AZ by a local (no longer), Bill Carter. To be fair, our little town was originally created by the copper industry.

      It's crazy that after so many years the soil is being tested and replaced in remediation for the previous mining activity (by Phelps-Dodge). The community has lost several folks to cancer but then again there are people who worked in the mine still living here (they are in their 80s).

      It is strange to me that the Freeport-McMoRan is required to clean up the contaminated soil while at the same time start up operations again. So far the activity is low key but I seriously worry. A pocket of our citizens has been forced to relocate and the large trucks are steadily increasing. The increase of dust from their activity has been noticeable.

      I hope that the coal mine expansion is prevented. Bryce Canyon is a special place. I share the local citizen's concern all to well. I also fear the threat of Fracking in CA south of where I grew up. It seams that hundreds of communities are threatened by dirty energy resources all across the US. Unfortunately copper will be needed for the transition to alternative energy. It is a catch 22 situation for me.

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