Lago Verde Mine Limestone Blast on Thursday, June 4, 2015
The picture you see above of a yellowish-red cloud over the Lago Verde Mine is NOx. NOx is a serious health risk according to the National Institute of Health and Safety. Just traces of the gas in particles per million can cause damage to your lungs. It is particularly injurious to individuals with already impaired lung function. The cloud is the result of incomplete oxidation of the blasting compound used, Industrial Grade Ammonium Nitrate (IGAN) mixed with diesel fuel. It can result from many factors of the blast including wet or damp contamination of the compound once loaded in to the hole. While the cloud may appear to dissipate traces of the gases released can be detected thousands of feet from the blast according to a study completed by West Virginia University.
Limestone blasting began on April 23, 2015
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- 300-400 more heavy limerock trucks on US41 every day. The children will face heavy limerock trucks while waiting for buses and going to and from school. You will too while you travel our roadways.
- Blasting up to three times a month. Even if controlled to the number of days, blasts, or time of day you will see, hear and feel it. Their expert will say there will be no “structural” damage. However, our expert and reports from the Office of Surface Mining, indicate that you may suffer non-structural “cosmetic” damage like cracks opening in plaster walls and ceilings. Your house will not fall down but it could cost you your hard earned dollars to fix this cosmetic damage. Who will want to buy your home near ongoing limerock blasting?
- Air blasts are the concussion waves created during the detonation of explosives. (Think of the damage done to the Russian city by the meteor that exploded 30 miles away. All that damage was done by the air blast). If your windows, doors and walls do shake and items fall off shelves and walls – that may be attributed to an air blast. Air blasts can reach levels that will easily damage the hearing of people and animals. Weather conditions, inversion layers, common in this area, clouds, rain, wind shear and high winds can all carry the air blast well out of the mine and actually increase its force. This is proven and shown to be unpredictable.
- Threats to wells with some of the well casings in this area that are more than 60 years old. Only an expensive inspection can tell if your well is properly cased or at risk.
- Karst (lime rock) lies underneath the land surface nearly everywhere in this part of Florida. It is broken, full of channels and formations all unknown at the surface. The effects of a mine can lower the aquifer levels affecting drinking water and irrigation wells. Tampa Bay Water has warned of this potential and indicated that it will not mitigate any problem wells caused by the mine. It can cost upwards of $2500 to $5000 for a new well.
- Sinkholes in the Karst are totally unknown and new channels, lowered or depressed water tables can expose underground formations and lead to new, unknown and unforeseen sink holes. Check your homeowner’s policies to specifically see if you are covered for sinkholes.
- Noise is many times louder than the normal noise in an agricultural area. Atmospheric disturbances can cause the noise to leave the mine and enter your neighborhood.
- Dust and fumes are aspects of mining posing a threat to our lungs and enjoyment of your home.
- A New Limerock Mining Belt. The County will not be able to stop the expansion of new mines in this area. In fact, Gills, James Pitzer, Jr. Trustee just sold the property that abuts the northern and western boundaries of Lago Verde Mine to Seven Diamonds, LLC. On May 26, 2015, a pre-application meeting was held with Pasco County Zoning and Intake Site Development staff for a Pasco County Mining Operating Permit to construct and operate a sand and limestone mine. Seven Diamonds, LLC purchased over 350 acres of the Equus Reserve directly across from Lago Verde Mine which will be a sand mine. We need to continue to fight the proliferation of limestone mining in our area. If we do not take measures to fight these expansions, the prospect that our neighborhood can be surrounded by a limerock mining belt in this beautiful area will berealized.
- WRITE or CALL your County Commissioner addressing any negative impacts that you are experiencing from the current mining activities. A copy of your concerns or complaints should also be cc'd to Ray Phillips at email@example.com
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