Halle Gold Mine brings much needed jobs
I am writing to let you know how disappointed I am with the content of your article “Report: Gold mine will destroy 1,100 acres of wetlands.” This article is a scare mongering article that appeared in the Aug. 6 Fort Mill Times. The article says that “the only major environmental group to openly challenge the mine is the Southern Environmental Law Center.”
It goes without saying that any environmental group is going to be opposed to the Halle Gold Mine re-opening because it “touches” the soil. Isn’t it also important that as many as 800 people in the Kershaw area will gain employment? Isn’t it also important to recognize the extremes that Romarco has gone to with regard to plans for reclaiming the soil?
Have you gotten any factual and reliable information about the 120 acres that you say would be “lost forever?” Are you aware of how incendiary this remark is? The article makes it sound like 120 acres will be radioactive potentially causing deaths for miles around. Do you know why the 120 acres will be lost forever? Did you ask SELC for specifics? Did you ask the Army Corp of Engineers for specifics? If not why not before putting the information in print?
A Walmart parking lot is acres lost forever. There is nothing remotely resembling a Walmart parking lot in the plans for the reopening of the Haile Gold Mine.
South Carolina has an area of 32,020 square miles. That amounts to 20,492,800 acres. One hundred twenty acres represents less than 0.000006 percent of the total acreage in South Carolina. SELC is making a mountain out of a mole hill, in my opinion, and I suspect the opinion of the majority of South Carolinians. You do mention that 1,100 acres would “rival” the size of many S.C. State Parks and you say that it is more than twice the size of the campus of the University of South Carolina. You give data on the large size but you fail to give your reader data on the infinitesimal size that 1,100 acres is in relation to the 20,492,800 acres that make up the entire state of S.C.
South Carolina has an approximate population of 4,723,723. Haile Gold Mine will employ as many as 800. These 800 represent 0.000169 percent of the population of S.C. Compare this percent to the 120 acres that might be lost forever which is 0.000006 percent. That’s a ratio of 169 to 6. The “lost forever” concept is probably erroneous.
This data should, in my opinion, not have been elevated to the level of credibility that your article purports for it to have. Instead of only focusing on the negatives, which is the theme of your entire article, why didn’t you give some space in your article about the positives. Have you ever visited the Haile Gold Mine site? If not why not before putting this inflammatory article in print?
Romarco Minerals has done everything by the letter of the law. I, personally, have been welcomed by the Romarco Minerals staff three times in the last two years for site tours, the most recent of which was Monday, Aug. 4. Each visit has been more remarkable then the last.
George J. Schuetz