Your letters: Proposed drilling could lead to more PFAS in water

Dear Editor,

As you may or may not know, a Canadian company called Green Light Metals has applied for a drilling permit in eastern Marathon County.

Water is one of the most important things in our lives. Plans were recently announced to begin a sulfuric acid mineral exploration drilling project to assess whether an open pit gold mine will be constructed. The citizens of the region are very worried that groundwater is put at risk of contamination. Without access to clean water, many aspects of daily life will become burdensome and unhealthy. Everyone in Marathon County gets their drinking water from the same saturated groundwater aquifer that the boreholes run through.

The likelihood of further PFAS contamination in Wisconsin has just increased. Mineral mining is found to be one of the major contributors to PFAS contamination worldwide. PFAS are present in the multitude of chemicals used on mining sites from the drilling phase. Recent reports from Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), the Norwegian Environment Agency and MDPI Toxics 2022 confirm that the drilling fluids, surfactants and foaming agents used in the early stages of these projects start the cycle exposure to PFAS.

Although this project is below the Vallons d’Eau Claire, it is still very dangerous for the marshy lands of the drilling area, as well as the Plover and Eau Claire rivers. The Eau Claire River leads through the village of Weston and eventually to Lake Wausau and the Wisconsin River.

Do we really need more problems with PFAS in our region? Now is the time to act.

Nancy Tabaka Rib Mountain Stencil

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