Englewood Indivisible is launching our fall meetings (online at the moment) with guest speaker Brooks Armstrong, president of People For Protecting Peace River (3PR). The meeting will be on Tuesday, September 28th at 4:30 PM. Zoom connection information is below.
Brooks Armstrong will update us on Mosaic's efforts to start phosphate mining near our Peace River water supply in DeSoto County. He will also let us know about opportunities for action to oppose Mosaic's project.
Mosaic's plan includes dumping millions of gallons of waste into Horse Creek which flows into the Peace River. Mosaic would also cover huge tracts with slightly radioactive clay byproduct, making the beautiful rural DeSoto County landscape a barren moonscape.
In 2018 the DeSoto County Commission denied Mosaic's request to rezone 14,000 acres for phosphate mining. Threatening a lawsuit, Mosaic requested a mediated dispute resolution, which took place in April 2019 and, to the dismay of mining opponents, the county agreed that Mosaic could re-submit its rezoning application in 2023.
Recently, Mosaic rebuffed the Charlotte County Commission when it requestesd a meeting on Mosaic's plans, which will greatly affect Charlotte County. The Charlotte Sun editorialized on Mosaic's behavior.
People Protecting Peace River has been leading the opposition to Mosaic's project. You can find out more about 3PR's work at its website or its Facebook page.
Please join us on Tuesday, September 28th at 4:30 PM.
Join the meeting by Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85104068321?pwd=bG01UGUvWGhpSURqa0xtSU9LZVZ0UT09.
IOne-tap mobile phone access is: +13126266799,,85104068321#,,,,*011241#. And dial-in is 312 626 6799. The meeting ID is 851 0406 8321 and the passcode is 011241.