Sunday, December 16, 2007
Rock Mining Expansion in Miami Dade County by Geniusofdespair
We are going to be losing a lot of wetlands! Strip mining of our rock persists! Hit on image to enlarge.
According to these notices, published Dec. 12th in the Daily Business Review, various mining companies want to create 8,000 acres of rock pits. A square mile is 640 acres. The rock miners are asking to mine an area about the size of Coral Gables which is about 11.8 square miles. I would assume the notices weren't printed in the Miami Herald as expected because the State Dept. of Environmental Protection was hoping that we might not see them.
But that's okay, after all, rock mines are an economic engine and economic engines always get what they want don't they? And, they employ people too. What are jobs worth? According to Miami Dade County records for 2000, 250 to 499 people were employed by 19 mining entities. Not just rock mining. That ain't much of a workforce when you consider we had 115,010 working in retail and 101,404 in Health care during 2000. Should we cut down all our trees to keep loggers working? Should we mine all our rock to keep about 500 jobs? Again I ask, what are our priorities?