To the Editor:
(Re.“Quarry near Mitchell Glen approved despite push back,” July 14, 2022) I am writing to express my shock, disappointment and concern about The Skunk Hollow Mine that was granted a conditional use permit by the Green Lake Planning and Zoning Committee on July 7th.
The mine is 1/3 of a mile from Mitchell Glen, sits in the Green Lake Watershed and is located between Dakin and White Creek, two streams that feed Big Green Lake and have recently been restored to levels that they can sustain brook trout (an indicator of water quality).
There is a clear and present danger that this mine will result in the release of acid mine drainage which will kill fish and pollute neighboring wells.
Additionally, if sulfide is released, it will flow right into Big Green lake potentially ruining the bedrock of the local economy.
It is imperative that further testing be done to ensure that none of this damage to our community happens. If sulfide is in the ground, the permit for this mine needs to be denied.
As a business person, I understand that we need building materials. But I also understand that if the Green Lake aquifer is poisoned, nobody is going to want to build anything.