June 2017 Newsletter

SOSvv has met with Land Use Director, Dale Case, privately at Silk Road Studies to ask questions, express concerns, and share testimonials on key concerns like traffic and the permanent drying-up of wells and artisanal spring by previous owners of SU 96-18, etc. Mr Case reported that Land Use asked Martin Marietta Materials, MMM, to provide information in February, such as that the permit was never dormant for any five year period– over the last two decades and four different owners. MMM has yet to provide any information. So it seems like we’re Waiting For Godot.
However, Martin Marietta Materials is not waiting for Land Use, environmental studies, or the community– they are busy at their Lyon’s homestead. Anonymous source shared these images of the Lyons building site off HWY 66 entrance. There were many BNF Rail Road trucks parked outside Marietta’s closed gate. No one in the trucks. The equipment seen looked like it was on the RR track next to the silos at MM an hour earlier. It appears like they were doing something on the top of silos.
During Mr. Case’s presentation, a map of the area detailing Land Use Department’s classification evidences that Hygiene’s only Industrial area is Cemex–  the 45 year old, cement plant on 1,800 acres who’s contract expires in 2021. So you may ask yourself, how could MMM conduct an open mining operation on possible 600+ acres in the Agricultural Zoning District in unincorporated Boulder County– particularly since we have existing 1,800 acres allocated to the cement industry? Not to mention that the valley has suffered a devastating, historic, natural disaster with the 2013 Floods. Is mining considered industrial or agricultural? Industrial. The proposed mining project, would allocate up to 600+ acres of Agricultural Zoned land– hundreds of acres currently being used by local family farmers including original settlers– wildlife corridors, migration, in an increasing populated area. How is this even acceptable? It is not. And as proved in the recent landmark Earth Guardian Climate Change case, industry is subordinate to human health, safety, and the environment. All it takes is civic engagement, showing up at city council meeting, and writing local ordinances. Making your preference known and voice heard one way or another.  That is where we are at and where we are headed. It’s not 1998. History is being made, united communities are taking back their power, and we are going to be on the right side of history.
A Steering Committee member also discovered that Martin Marietta Materials has contacted state agencies for various approvals– using 1998 permit information exclusively. This has been their strategy from the beginning in so far as the community goes as proven by the revival of SU 96-18 taking place during a business meeting, not public hearing (since 1998), and we have yet to receive that letter in the mail that Julie Mikulas promised in writing on March 15th: “In the next week, Martin Marietta will mail out a letter to all neighbors within 1,000 feet of the project site.  This letter will include a copy of the mine and reclamation plan, and http links to view the permit documents online. We will also send out a meeting invite to the same people as soon as we get that re-scheduled.” Julie Mikulas, Land Manager | Rocky Mountain Division
Martin Marietta julie.mikulas@martinmarietta.com
1800 N Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins, CO 80521
c.  970.227.4041 o.  970.407.3631 f. 970.407.3900
Neither deadline, promise, or protocol of the permit (stating that significant changes in technology and information, a five year lapse in activity, would require reapplication). However,  Mr. Case said at the Hygiene Community Association presentation that MMM hopes to commence in the Fall of 2017, seemingly in violation of Periodic review rule 7b that states that special interim reviews be held five years prior to mining.
MMM’s strategy is clearly to keep the community in the dark, and go under the radar– but S.O.S.v.v. members, like you, are shining light on this potentially devastating industrial take-over of agricultural land in the St Vrain Valley.
Please join us for our next community meeting on Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:30 PM at The Shupe’s Homestead.  We have lots of developments to report, much to be done, and no time to wait. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to Save Our St Vrain Valley.
As expressed to Dale Case and County Commissioner, Deb Gardner, in attendance at the Hygiene Community Association presentation earlier this month:

Martin Marietta Materials’ gravel mining project is in direct contradiction to Boulder County Land Use Comprehensive Plan– put simply and in their own terms, it would blur or obliterate the “Urban Edge”, decimate “agricultural land”, deplete “environmental resources”, counter “historic preservation of area”, and defile our “community identity”.  
Thank you for reading, caring, sharing, and donating of your resources.
Amanda Dumenigo
Chairperson, S.O.S.v.v.
Save Our River, Save our Valley,
No Mining in the St Vrain Valley

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