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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Put the public before the pirates

Published March 25, 2009 - Ocala Star-Banner
A three-judge panel of the 5th DCA last week upheld their own earlier 2-1 ruling that will allow water miners to pump 499,000 gallons of water a day, or 182 million gallons a year, from Black Sink Prairie, just south of Citra.

...state law allows St. Johns to issue the consumptive use permit required for the water miners to pump our aquifer for bottling, and no county ordinance can keep the tap closed.

"[T]he district has approved a permit that allows a private landowner to tap into the Floridan Aquifer, in Marion County, Florida, and withdraw almost 500,000 gallons of water per day, for 20 years into the future, for bottling and shipping elsewhere, with no consideration of how this use of an extraordinarily valuable and limited state resource will impact the citizens of Marion County, all of Florida, or our state's other natural resources in the future."

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