Artesian should go through the permit process

September 19, 2017

As a Milton resident I've been watching and listening closely regarding the Allen Harim-Artesian plan to pipe wastewater to an area north of Route 16, store it in a man-made lagoon and pump it onto fields.

The assaults and defenses on/of that plan have left me wanting for something I try to look to the Gazette to supply: just the facts - or - the truth I can hang my hat on.

I moved here in 2009 to retire. It didn't take me too long to understand and appreciate the nuts and bolts of the political/social/economic pact that Delaware has with both the chicken industry and big corporations, especially banks and credit card companies.

That given, is there no end to the protection that the chicken- processing industry will get at the expense of our residents and our ecology, to say nothing of the tourists who eventually will catch on to stuff bubbling into local potable water?

As to me and this note, I appeal to you at the Gazette to keep us informed as to the real bottom line regarding this pipeline effort by Artesian and Allen Harim.

Is there a 90-million-gallon lagoon planned? What keeps that lagoon isolated from our drinking water wells? Is this piped water going to be treated before piping, and again before spraying it on fields? Is there a real danger of the contaminants leaching into our drinking water?

Do we have a local paper that writes the facts so that we can make un-panicked decisions about large projects such as this?

Most of my life savings is tied up in my property here. I simply would like the truth as you understand it.
This is not a tiny issue I fear. Am I right?

Robert Bruce Weston



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