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John Brady: Possibilities with having a mine in your town

Local realtor John Brady satirically expresses why the proposed idea that the mine will have little to no environmental impact on the local area may be a smidgen off base.


I have resided in Grass Valley and Nevada City as a builder for 25 years and a Realtor for the past 23 years.

My uncle worked in the Idaho-Maryland Mine for a while. He died at the age of 50 working in a mine. My father worked in lead and silver mines when young in Idaho. He left the mines young to work in insurance. He lived to be 92. Raised an Irish Catholic, his theology was simple — “always stay in the state of grace.“

A local well-drilling expert tells a close friend that likely 300 wells will be ruined quickly by this plan of Rise Gold to pump 3.6 million gallons per day in mine tunnels for six months and then 1.2 million a day for the next 80 years.

Worrywarts fret about mercury, arsenic, lead, cyanide, and dioxin. Practical folk feel these contaminants are no biggie as filters work sufficient to pass monitoring. Watchdogs of purity will transform the heavy metal infested sewer slop (as critics so unfairly designate the water) to class 2 drinking water, allowed to stink mildly and able to rust pipes. A faith-based transformation, fluffed up with science! You get past official tests, so everyone feels better. Worrywarts: play “the Sound of Music” and drink up. Sissies,repeat this mantra: “Thank God for bottled water!” Subsidence could add concern. Learn to tolerate your sinkhole.

Read on in The Union.

John Brady is a Realtor in Grass Valley.


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