No need to mine Forest Preserve

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward writes (January/February) that the Willsboro-based NYCO is in need of Forest Preserve land in order to continue future mining operations adjacent to their facility adjoining the Jay Mountain Wilderness.

She fails to mention the lengthy adjudicatory hearing that was held in 1995 at great expense to the taxpayers of New York and to many local citizens in order to create a permit for another NYCO wollastonite mine at Oak Hill in Lewis. After fifteen years the Oak Hill site still awaits serious NYCO mining to begin.

I assume NYCO Minerals and Sayward would prefer that New York taxpayers spend more time and money to change the state constitution rather than complete recovery at NYCO’s current facility and begin operations at Oak Hill.

Catherine Smith, Haverford, PA

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