Wolfden Resources (a Canadian company that has never operated a mine) submitted a rezoning request to Maine’s Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) to allow metal mining at Pickett Mountain in Penobscot County. This is a volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit meaning it will be an acid ore mine. These mines produce acid mine drainage that is highly acidic and can contain high levels of heavy metals, arsenic, etc., all extremely harmful to the environment. Mining companies are required to confine and treat this toxic water often for years after these mines have closed.

This proposed mining project is in a pristine region near several key water bodies including Pleasant Lake, Mud Lake, and Grass Pond, all classified as very high-quality brook trout waters. Maine’s 40-plus inches of annual rainfall and heavy spring run-off increase the environmental threat that can last for decades, long after the mine has closed. Pickett Mountain will be Wolfden’s first attempt at operating a mine. Do we want them operating an acid ore mine in this prized area while we keep fingers crossed hoping they do everything right?

We must insist that companies mining in Maine be highly skilled, with extensive experience and a proven track record. They should also be financially secure enough to properly operate a mine and to put ample money aside to cover any environmental damage for as long as needed. There are too many questions surrounding Wolfden’s capabilities.

For more information: www.maine.gov/dacf/lupc/projects/wolfden/wolfden_rezoning.html


Lindy Moceus


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