Hicks Dome Rare Earth Mining
This permit would allow for a minimum of three bore holes 1000’ or more, to extract Fluorite, Barite, Zinc and other rare earth minerals and Yttrium. The project does not explain in detail how the company will deal with mining waste, drilling mud or flowback water.
Our comment was submitted to the agency in May of 2015 but was never recorded by the agency.
Southern IL is known for it’s above normal levels of radium, we have concerns that the health impacts of this project have not been throughly assessed.
Homeowners in the vicinity have had their water tested in anticipation of the permit moving forward.
It saddens us that land and mineral owners were forced into the drilling units unwillingly. Corporate interest trump land owner rights.