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Letter: Another thought on mining

Apr 17, 2022 | Letters to the Editor, Mining, News, Top Stories | 0 comments

More people are hearing about the fact that there is a streak of gold running through Buckingham County, and are growing concerned. Not many people know that before the California gold rush much of the gold mined in our country came from Buckingham County. Back then the gold was mined the way we have seen it done in Western movies, by panning in streams and with pick and shovel.

Today, industrial scale mining typically takes thousands of acres. Horrible chemicals like cyanide are used to separate the gold particles from the ore and lots and lots of water.

Most of us are on well water, and this would draw down from the water table for miles around. The toxic chemicals would get into our groundwater, our air and our land…

Thank you Marie Flowers of Curdsville, Buckingham County. Read more at the Farmville Herald here. Published April 12, 2022. Or check out the pdf here.


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