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A Gravel Mine in Lyndon?

 

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Most importantly, Enos isn't convinced by McCoig's hydrogeological plans. "They did a study, but there was not enough information in it for us to feel comfortable. What we need are better hydrogeological studies to give us an understanding of the topography out there."

"The fear is they could drain the lakes," says Tim Eder, Mary Jane's husband. "The company's done a cursory impact study, but there is a real risk we don't think they're addressing. As for well water, we don't know for sure whether it's safe or not, because the study is totally inadequate."

Lynn Walter, a retired University of Michigan geology professor who lives in Chelsea, has the same fears. "I've analyzed the groundwater and the surface water chemistry in that area. There're a lot of layers of different permeability because of glaciation, and the impact [of mining] would be that the lakes would go down.

"Stofer Hill is a tremendous topographic high [point]," explains Walter. "So many rivers and streams flow from it. The flow pattern into the lakes doesn't make sense without it."

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