Establish sustainable, responsible and fair mining policy in the Town of Schaghticoke
The Town of Schaghticoke has 23% of all sand and gravel mines currently in Rensselaer County. The growth of mining projects and their related activities is driving a significant increase in truck traffic and its associated noise pollution, threatening residential water supplies and water quality and forever marring the scenic beauty of the Town of Schaghticoke. Of particular concern, is the expansion associated with mining permits that have already been granted in our Town, including an application to withdraw 1 million gallons of water per day from a mine in our neighborhood, which is already known to have significant residential well water issues. Our Town supervisor, Town Board and Town Planning Board have the power/authority to put sensible limits on mining within our Town and to more actively manage these natural resources. We believe steps can be taken to strike a balance between meeting our Town's existing and future business needs, protecting the real property investments of homeowners and businesses and promoting the Comprehensive Plan of our Town. If action is not taken to manage mining in our Town, mine acreage will continue to expand, similar to the mine operations on Allen Road, with minimal oversight from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and little input from Town residents and officials.
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