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Shepard Settlement resident on mining facts and figures

A look at some facts and figures:

By Susan VanCamp.

Editor note: At last week's town board meeting, in regards to new mining in Skaneateles' Shepard Settlement, resident Susan VanCamp read the following. She said she stands by the accuracey of these numbers.

79 -- The number of acres in Shepard Settlement that will be destroyed by the mining operation proposed by Mr. Vitale/Cemento LLC.

90 -- The depth of the cavern that will be created if this resolution is passed by this board.

300 million -- Total volume of material, in cubic feet, that will eventually be removed, leaving in its wake a massive crater.

850,000 -- The total number of truck loads of material that will be drawn out of the mine.

85,000 -- Trucks per year traveling on our roads based on the certainty that the mine will operate over a minimum of a 10-year period.

272 -- Trucks per day with the mining operation running six days per week, 52 weeks per year.

23 -- Trucks an hour for 12 hours to accelerate the deterioration of our roadways.

2 -- Trucks will pass by every five minutes leaving only moments of silence before the next one zooms by.

1 -- One truck traveling at 55 mph is as loud as 28 cars moving at the same speed.

3 -- The number of moratoriums placed on the mining operation suggesting the complexity of the issue and the need for long-term responsible land management.

10 -- The number of years that has passed since 100 members of Shepard Settlement loudly contested a decision by the town board to increase mining in our neighborhood.

3 -- The number of town board members, Spain, Astemborski and Laxton, who can take full responsibility for the annihilation of Shepard Settlement, a legacy that should bear them lifelong disgrace, embarrassment and shame.

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