Firm Plans Water-Depleting Mining, Sarasota Charges

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Firm Plans Water-Depleting Mining, Sarasota Charges
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Phosphates ( jstor )
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North America -- United States of America -- Florida


Firm Plans Water-Depleting Mining, Sarasota Charges, Feb 20, 1976
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Box 10, Folder 2 ( SF Taxation, ad valorem tax referendum-SWFWMD-1976 - 1976 ), Item 69
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irm Plans Water-Depleting Miing, Sarasotd charges

Tribune Staff Writer
S PALMETTO-Phillips Petroleum Co. plans to
strip-mine phosphate from 15,000 acres of south-
ern Manatee County could lead to depletion of the
area's drinking water supply and introduction of
.dangerously high levels of radiation into the envi-
ronment, scientists representing Sarasota County
testified yesterday.
The phosphate war between Sarasota and
Manatee counties heated up yesterday as the
-hearing for approval of the controversial project
entp-4 its second day. Sarasota has consistently
opl,.^ the project.
: MORE THAN 500 persons attended. Most were

in favor. The hearings were interrupted several making the possibility of salt water contami. the Phillips plan left him "with no doubt the radi-
Times"y applause, jeers and derisive laughter nation of fresh water supplies a "very, very real ation would have a serious effect" on plants,
from supportive union hardhats who skipped danger." animals and humans.
work to show their solidarity. With Phillips' plans to draw 15 million gallons "There is really no safe level of such radia-
A spokesman for the large group of union ;of water a day from the underlying aquifer, he tion," he said, and Phillips studies which contend
workers said the controversial project represent' said, the city of Sarasota nearby wellfields might the mining would reduce radiation were entirely
ed badly needed jobs for the depressed construc- be rendered unusable. "unsupported by any data" in company reports.
tion industry. He labled the phosphate company's own stud-
The opposing minority, led by Sarasota, re- ies of the effects of water consumption "inade- Each expert-including biologists, botanists,
trained a team of technical experts to rebut Phil-, quate." engineers and geologists-criticized the com-
lips' contention that adverse environmental ef- ULTIMATELY, said, the drawdown of pany'sdevelopmentstudyasinadequate.
fects would be minimal. The cost of the Sarasota ULTMATLY, the drawdown of
cts ould be miimat e t otan of t S ot water there "could have a profound adverse ef- EACH, UNDER questioning by Sarasota
s i fecton agriculture intheentirearea aswell." County attorneys, supported a Tampa Bay Re-
HYDROLOGIST Dr. Sam Upchurch said the Dr. David S. Anthony, who directed the studies gional Planning Council resolution opposing the
water table since 1960 had dropped dangerously. of the effects of radiation for the project which proposal.
near sea-level in the area of the proposed mines, developed the atomic bomb, said his analysis of The city of Sarasota's vicemayor, Ron Nor.

man, underscored the dancers to that cts wat
;s g w c is umpedfromwellfjg
Ig ofthe water e rloma ..
He said increasing demands for water and th
p pressure te reon into cu fiI'g growifar;
ew construction. n
THE RESULT, Sarasota County Atty. Die
Nelson said in rebutting union spokesman Richa
Farrar, would be a net decrease in construction
related jobs.
The hearing resumes in the Agricultur
Center auditorium here at 9 a.m. Monday.



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