few of the many reasons to stop mining along Route 9 in Fishkill,
As the Eastern Timber Rattlesnakes' habitat decreases,
they are forced into more populated areas. These normally
non-aggressive threatened species are known to live on these mountains,
and are an essential part of the ecosystem. Find
Ever hiked up Mount Beacon? You can enjoy a
spectacular view - as long as you are not looking at the hideous
acres already mined by Thalle Industries. Specifically,
the scar already mined by Thalle Industries can be seen by car,
by plane, by foot: "Welcome to Dutchess County, New York
State. We love mining."
Blasting and asphalt manufacturing can be felt
and heard miles away, as well as jeopardizing the sole source
aquifer located underneath the site. Homeowners and hikers
are effected by Thalle Industries' mining operation: fumes from
the asphalt, and the earthquake effect of the blasting degrade
this historic land.
In principle, there's not a dime's worth of difference
between the proposed Thalle Mine expansion and the many other
mining operations within just a few miles of it, such as Southern
Dutchess Sand and Gravel Mine. It boils down to this: both
mines ask the public to put up with years of expense, inconvenience
and destruction for the sake of personal profit for a very few
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out how our case is progressing.
There are places where mining is just not appropriate.
Fishkill Ridge is not the only area facing destruction:
Paleo-Indians occupied the caves on the slopes
of Lookout Mountain. What's remarkable is this: they lived there
about 10,580 B.C.at the end of the last ice age, 8000 years BEFORE
the pyramids of Egypt. In 1965 the site was confirmed to be the
oldest known site east of the Mississippi.
Orange County has created a 20 acre preserve around
the site, but attempts to provide appropriate protection, study,
and interpretation for the site have failed. Read
August 30, 2004 update…