Originally published Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 06:00a.m.
I feel compelled to write about the Kirkland Mine Plan because I feel it will rip the heart out of Yavapai County. There are no benefits to Yavapai County in allowing this mining project to take place. There are only dangers. This is a beautiful, quiet area and we are always excited when we see the wildlife during the day and hear the coyotes during the evening.
Here we say “the night belongs to the animals.” My concern is if the mine is re-opened, Williamson Valley will belong to the Kirkland mining company for years beyond my natural life. We didn’t move from New Jersey to Williamson Valley so that we see and hear dump trucks all day from Monday to Friday transporting carcinogens. We have concerns about the air quality, noise, well water levels and our property values. This is a threat to our health and the traffic going past our homes, our houses of faith, our schools, and the livestock that graze in the area. Are you able to tell us why this area is no longer mining clay for kitty litter?