Opinion

South Fork aquifer at risk

I was amused to read in last week's edition that the prospective


operator of the Grouse Ridge gravel mine has become an environmentally


friendly company. According to Cadman's spokesperson, the German owned


firm is concerned that using Exit 38 to access Grouse Ridge may put the


South Fork of the Snoqualmie River at risk. Shouldn't this same logic apply to


the lower site at Exit 34? Cadman's lower site plan includes a mining


operation and processing plants within 20 vertical feet of the aquifer. The risks


of puncturing or polluting the aquifer, and/or depleting water flows,


are frightening, yet Cadman trivializes them as "manageable". The only


reason Cadman claims that the environmental problems at Exit 34 are


easily mitigated is that it's their most profitable alternative. A truly


environmentally friendly company wouldn't consider endangering our county's


drinking water. Let's grow up. Cadman is a public corporation seeking profits


for shareholders. That's its management's job. We are residents with a long


_ term stake in the safety and quality of our environment. That's our


job. Rather then naively accepting Cadman's assurances, we must


demand that the county take a hard _ nosed look at the inconvenient facts.



Jackie TayloR


North Bend

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