Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Two Medicine Bridge Construction and Glacier National Park
I think there was a more suitable site for the batch plant, on the other side of the bridge - towards Browning - but it was not selected (no environmental review BTW) because it would have increased slightly the price of the build. It would have however reduced the huge conflicts that likely are to arise during tourist season due to traffic and large haul trucks using highway 2 though East Glacier as the only path to the "pour."
I'm very concerned about public safety and our limited water supply. They are pulling water from our system which does not even have enough water to put out a good sized house fire let alone be used to make cement and water roads and keep the dust down . . . I'm planning to hold a meeting for the public to talk about their issues and concerns since only one person showed up to the scoping meeting back in 2000. No comments were received from the public during the review processes. .. and the tribe basically rubber stamped the entire project. .
BTW, where are 200 to 250 people going to live while they are working on the bridge? Where are they going to park and go to the bathroom? No one knows . . . $30 million dollars of public money an NO environmental review of the batch plant siting? No analyses of traffic though east glacier and not a single word about a workers camp? Huh?
Anyhow, just thought I'd update you on some of the realities of living in East Glacier . . . before i sign off i better say a thing about photography . . .
Shooting is going great. No cold weather yet, but I'm sure it's on it's way. It was 55 yesterday and the forecast is for more nice weather, at least for the next day or two . . . Not much color left on the east side. Some on the west but it too is mostly done. Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions . . .
Cheers . .