Good thinking.I'm sure I'll get lit up for not instantly jumping onto the "stop that mine bandwagon" but are all mines bad? How are we going to get new phones, TV's and toasters every year or two if we don't have raw materials? Sure recycling answers some of the need but not all. Should we get it over sees so it's not in our back yard?
Is it not reasonable to think that we could have a mine and clean water at the same time? We have learned a lot over the past few hundred years.
I don't want a mine near my favorite river anymore than anyone else but we need materials, we need employment, economic infusions. It can be done. My suggestion is instead of instantly going on the defensive, we should first inform ourselves of the details. All sides of the story, look at the details and make our own minds up based on the facts we each can discern.
I for one will be looking more deeply into this, but thus far (in 20 mins of internet research) all I've really found were highly biased articles from either side stating why their opinion is accurate. I have no idea if this is a really bad idea or a well thought out plan to extract much needed natural resources.
I shall now duck and hide behind my desk for a while, in the meantime I will endeavor to learn more about this proposed undertaking.
I don't think you can ever jump the gun advocating caution. On the other hand actions should not be proposed or taken with out a reasonably comprehensive understanding of the issue.I may well be jumping the gun advocating caution on the proposed mine on the Smith River drainage.