The risk of damaging the area’s residential water source is egregiously high, with permanent and life-altering consequences for the people in the area, and Transit Mix cannot logically provide proof that damage will not be done.
The only source of water for all of the area’s residential wells is a fragile water supply fed by granite fractures. This aquifer consists of an interconnection of granite fractures between the north, south, east and west sides of the creek. Transit Mix claims that mining on the southwest of the creek will not impact the wells to the north and south, but offers no study or proof that the interconnectivity of these fractures will not be impacted.
Additionally, Transit Mix claims that the granite fracture system located within the quarry is not the source of any of the water that feeds these wells. Transit Mix has drilled several monitoring wells and claims that those wells will assess whether the quarry operations are impacting nearby wells. But, when water is being supplied through granite fractures, the data from those monitoring wells is meaningless unless the taps access the exact interconnecting fractures that supply each of the residential wells. This is logistically impossible, so Transit Mix’s claim that it is able to predict the integrity of the area’s water supply is illogical.
Thirdly, the burden and expense to prove that Transit Mix’s actions damaged a well will be borne by the well owner. It may be impossible to drill a new well that produces the same quantity and quality of water that the damaged well produced, rendering that property nearly worthless.