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June 2018 M Sorg _©/� RECEIVED <br />To Department of Reclamation, Mining and Safety and other State/Local agencies: <br />Subject: Permit #M2018016, Douglas Mountain Mine Project <br />JUN 2 b U i ) <br />DIVISION OF RECLAMATION <br />MINING AND SAFETY <br />I am part of a group of concerned citizens who are in opposition to the development of a strip mining operation in our <br />county. I would like to share my concerns and, objections regarding the proposed development of the Douglas Moun- <br />tain '.!car Creek County which would be located at or near Section 28, Township 3S, Range74W, 6t' <br />Principle Meridian in Clear Creek County: namely Empire Junction and westward to the town of Empire. <br />Water Issues: <br />Here are just a few of the detrimental effects of this 150 acre, 200 feet deep gravel pit operation. This proposed opera- <br />tion will damage/deplete the local water systems of Bard Creel:, Clear Creel: and the ground w2ter. The water table on <br />the plateau is also very shallow thereby contaminating the ground water and natural springs. The amount of water <br />needed to run this type of operation would be astronomicall Allocating water to the Douglas Mountain Ranch Mine, in <br />an already over taxed watershed, is inappropriate and wasteful. <br />7 AeApt wr o! a 0" k /A". -MA, /SS ed ej W / 1h !A' q'1&A <br />Wildlife Issues: J'eir/'ae• *sSze e s <br />Land erosion would be significant potentially contaminating Clear Creek with toxic soil and debris thereby disturb- <br />ing/destroying the fish habitat which includes the endangered Greenback cutthroat that has been reintroduced to this <br />area. The wildlife that lives on/near the plateau would be devastated and potentially destroyed. Elk, deer, moose and <br />bear roam this plateau. Also thriving in this area is a substantial Big Horn Sheep population whose range and migratory <br />patterns are well documented in the recent Colorado Parks and Wildlife report entitled "Population Estimation, Survival <br />Estimation and Range Delineation for the Georgetown Bighorn Sheep herd" dated Sept. 2015. This is the largest Big <br />Horn Sheep population in the nation, not to mention our State animal. Do you really want to jeopardize their existence <br />by allowing the development of a mining operation in the midst of their migratory route and habitat? <br />Air Pollution and health Issues: <br />This area Beals with constant heavy winds. The air pollution due to the massive amount of dust entering the environ- <br />ment through the strip mining operation and the hundreds of trucks daily transporting materials would cause health <br />issues for many residents. In particular, the Easter Seals Rocky Mountain Vallate Camp is directly across the high- <br />way from this mine. The dust and other pollutants will negatively affect the 1200+ campers with special needs that <br />attend this camp to enjoy the Rocky Mountains and the clean fresh air. Many of these individuals deal with respiratory <br />issues. Is jeopardizing the health and wellbeing of this sensitive population and the potential closing of the Easter Seals <br />Rocky Mountain Village camp that was established in 1951 worth the risk? <br />The Douglas Mountain Mine development would destroy the only plateau in Clear Creek Countyl Our State and County <br />is in need of a positive, eco -friendly, tourism friendly and wildlife friendly use for this land; that is our future economy. <br />Please, I am asking you to deny the establishment of the Douglas Mountain Mine. <br />Best Regards, <br />4�/000e� K1*1v /) az'-V� <br />Printed name: /fe/A'ie <br />Address: )P-101 4 7e 3 93, /gli,rcilt 4, eolG <br />Phone Number: LL°a&,e 4%X74 7-;.0 <br />Email: <br />9f a � e SA <br />