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Here are CONCERN AREAS that will require PROFESSIONAL STATEMENTS  to provide to decision-makers.

FROM GEOLOGISTS:

  • Potential of the rock wall on adjacent Forest Service land becoming destabilized as a result of removing the front side of the rock face.
  • Whether or not the proposed 5 – 8 foot high berm can provide adequate safety from falling rock affecting the trail.
  • Can the rock in this canyon qualify as “Precious Minerals” as claimed by the mining company?
  • Potential of setting off earthquake, due to four fault lines running through the area.
  • Whether or not the vibrations of pneumatic equipment can cause rock falls or slides.

FROM ATTORNEYS , esp. with expertise in patented mining claims:

  • Can 19th century mining claims intended for extracting valuable minerals from underground be redefined as surface mining for decorative rock? Can they take precedence over 21st century legislation protecting wilderness areas?
  • Are there tested cases of mining claims being upheld  in geographical areas that border urban populations?
  • What are the means of establishing the public’s right to access, known as  “Prescriptive Easement”?

FROM QUALIFIED CIVIL ENGINEER

  • Maps of project submitted by mining company do not accurately represent the Rock Canyon Trail Easement.  We need another map created which shows the public trails.
  • Debris containment – Whether or not the 5 – 8 foot high proposed berm can provide public safety from falling rock in the canyon.
  • Verification that adequate measures exist to ensure that rock will not escape the designated quarrying area and interfere with water and drainage channels

FROM BIOLOGISTS

  • The Big Horn Rocky Mountain Sheep were reintroduced to this area.  What would be the impact if mining operations went forward?
  • The mouth of Rock Canyon is habitat for several species of birds.  Some may be on the endangered list.
  • A broad-based wildlife impact study is needed.

FROM NOISE POLLUTION EXPERTS

  • What would be the noise  impact of operating hydraulic hammers on back hoes and running 10 – 12 cubic yard semi-trucks in recreational areas?

FROM AIR QUALITY PROFESSIONAL

  • Potential of dust contaminants adversely affecting air quality.

FROM WATER RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS

  • Potential of water lines, chlorinator plant, water in river bed to be negatively impacted from mining operation.

FROM PUBLIC SAFETY EXPERTS

  • What are the potential safety risks of the proposed mining operation on an area with heavy, frequent public usage.

FROM ROAD EXPERTS

  • Potential impact of heavy trucks on local roads.

IF YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE WITH ONE OF THESE EXPERTISES, PLEASE CONTACT US at  rockcanyonadvocates@gmail.com

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