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Stop Alabama Tar Sands Mining, Colbert County Meeting, More Companies, Questions

From: Doug K.
Sent on: Monday, June 16, 2014 12:56 PM
Stop Alabama Tar Sands Mining
June 16, 2014: Vol. 1, Issue 3                                       
This email will update you on an upcoming event in Tuscumbia hosted by the Colbert County Extension Office at the request of the Colbert County Commission.

You can also read about the additional companies we've identified who are coming into northwest Alabama to lease and/or purchase additional land for oil sands mining and "development."

Before those updates (below), please consider the following questions.
These projects, if permitted, will create a few jobs, and investment income for a few individuals and companies. But at what cost to everything and everyone else? At what cost to future generations?

Oil sands mining in Alabama will be a grand experiment that will be carried out in real-time and will affect real people. 

No one really knows the effects because oil sands mining has NEVER been carried out in residential areas and on farmland inside the United States. The Utah project has taken more than a decade to get started--and it's located on government-owned lands in a desert environment. 

These are the questions:

Do you want to live in a community with land that is pocked with numerous, ongoing surface mining operations undertaken by many different companies?

Do you want to experience the well-documented decline of residential property value that occurs when new surface mines and quarries are permitted in surrounding areas? As more mines are permitted, more families and small businesses will see permanent property value declines of up to 25-30%, potentially more because oil sands mining hasn't been the subject of these studies.

Do you want to live in a community where heavy trucks traverse rural county roads carrying tons of asphaltic sandstone to various "small-scale" processing facilities scattered around the area? 

Do you want to live in a community that has highway traffic loads akin to Highway 78 entering industrial areas of south Memphis or I-40 going through West Memphis?

Do you want to live in a community with tank farms for storage of processed bitumen awaiting transport of heavy crude oil to refineries?

Do you want to live in a community where the water tables are disturbed because underground aquifers are damaged in surface mining and quarrying operations?

Do you want to live in a community where streams and surface waters are polluted with elements and metals released through mining and runoff? Where streams are filled with silt? Where mercury builds up and, eventually, makes eating local fish a hazardous undertaking?

Do you want to live in a community with the stench of asphalt and oil permeating the air? Even assuming the air quality is officially deemed "safe," what will that stench do to tourism?

Do you want to live in a community where dust and other particulate matter, like silica, is scattered by the winds across the entire Tennessee Valley?

Do you want to live in a community that is at risk for permanent water, air and soil contamination due to build-up of toxins like mercury, arsenic, benzene and other pollutants, even if those chemicals are on any given day within the permitted levels?

Do you want to live in a community where oil spills or leaks are a distinct possibility?

These are just a few of the likely outcomes that surface mining of oil sands in northwest Alabama. These do not describe the worst-case scenarios.

Ask you neighbors: Is this the type of community you want to live in?

Are the risks worth it for a few jobs or so that investors can make their ROI?

Oil sands mining in northwest Alabama is a grand experiment to be carried out in real-time. Our lives and our futures are at stake. 

The following announcement about an upcoming public information meeting is provided at the request of the Colbert County Extension Office.

We hope you will attend and, through your presence, show your concerns about oil sands mining in north Alabama.

Public Information Meeting
"Sponsored and organized by The Colbert County Extension Office at the request of the Colbert County Commission"
When: Thursday, June 24, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Tuscumbia Depot & Roundhouse, 204 W. 5th St.,
             Downtown Tuscumbia, AL

What: Officially-designated speakers will provide officially-sanctioned information about the following topics:
"Potential development of oil sands in northwest Alabama"
"Status of regulations being developed for this new industry"
Official information from various state agencies "relevant to the oil sands industry"
Speakers present will be representing:
Geological Survey of Alabama
State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama
Alabama County Commission Association
Alabama Department of Agriculture
Alabama Department of Environmental Management
Alabama Cooperative Extension System

More Companies in the Area

In addition to the well-documented presence of MS Industries II, LLC and its affiliates, other companies are actively pursuing investments in oil sands mining in northwest Alabama.

Thanks to tips from various concerned citizens we have identified the recent presence of several additional companies in northwest Alabama, seeking to buy or lease land for potential mining activity.

Representatives of these companies have been identified as present in the past 30 days:
Crevalle Energy, LLC
Inland Oil & Gas Corporation
The first two are known to be land acquisition companies that are likely representing other, unidentified companies and investors who want to get in on the "Alabama oil sands play" or expand existing "positions."

Archer Petroleum is a Canadian company that (in 2013) acquired the operating company doing a test operation in Logan County, KY.

Some Others Identified:

A company called Keystone Energy, LLC leased approximately 2,000 acres in Franklin County in 2013. This company is qualified in Alabama as KE, LLC.

A company called Mistal, Inc. shows an acreage map on its website revealing its ownership of mineral rights or mineral leases on potentially thousands of acres in Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence and Winston Counties.

Your Questions
Do you have questions? If yes, please hit reply and share them. I'll do my best to track down the answers and provide answers through this email newsletter, the website and Facebook page.

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