The Questions

We don't know what the complete impact of the Transfer Trail Mine Expansion will be but here are the questions we should be asking:

  • What is the expected life of the quarry?
  • How many trips (material and water and employees and equipment) are expected on the haul route?
  • What are the expected hours of haul trips?
  • What is the measured noise level of these trips?
  • What is the current level of traffic at different hours (particularly 7pm to 7 am) and weekends, on Transfer Trail, Traver Trail, 6th, I70 and Devereaux?
  • What is the expected light level of the quarry and transport and load facility?
  • What is the expected increase in particulates in the air due to mining, transportation and loading and rail transport?
  • What is in the particulates?
  • What is the expected life of the roads/bridges on the haul route and increase traffic effect?
  • What is the reclamation plan? Enforcement?
  • Bonding/financing? What happens if the company fails or is sold?
  • What is the effect on wildlife in the area? Bighorn sheep, deer, elk, turkeys…other?
  • What is the effect on recreational traffic and safety..hikers, bikers, jeeps, hunters access to flattops as well as Cavern clients and employees?
  • What is the effect on limestone formations and effect on the caves, organisms there?
  • What is the effect on water sources? Subsurface; rivers
  • What is the visual effect ?
  • What is the noise level of the extraction/mining itself and effect on residents, business, visitors?
  • What are the economic impacts directly to Glenwood Spring, positive and negative and net?
  • What are the seismic impacts to the area, residents, roads etc?
  • What is the effect on rail traffic and related noise and activity?
  • What impacts on Amtrak service?
  • How is the above verified and various opinions?
  • What is the effect on flora within x radius? Any effect on Flattops Wilderness and White River National Forest?
  • What are the impacts of dust in the air?
  • How will it be mitigated?
  • Are there health concerns with long term exposure?