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And, great questions Simmonds. Here's what I know, this location is at the edge of a huge gravel rich area. It's state owned land that many people currently use for recreation. It's a park with trails and wetland areas. This would impact wildlife, could cause environmental damage, and the land may never be recovered for use after the mining is done. It's my understanding that it's not financially feasible to have to truck the gravel more than 30 miles to be processed. The gravel and sand would be used to make concrete which, like Janet pointed out, would be used to make roads and buildings. But, not only is there not a lot of growth happening in Michigan right now, the population is actually declining. Plus, the road that would endure up to 80 gravel trucks per day would be the main road going through our town, which was never designed to handle that kind of traffic, and actually can't accommodate the traffic we already have. The laws are heavily slanted in favor of the mining companies (surprise, surprise!), so I don't know that there's really any hope of stopping this. The petition and township meetings are the only ways people can officially have their voices heard. This may very well be a case of "not in my backyard." But, as you said, with all the cons far outweighing the pros, we've got to try. Thanks again and fingers crossed!