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Public deserves truth, not lies on mining

The Nov. 28 Journal article about Powertech CEO Richard Clement and now today’s Dec. 3 Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune spews unsubstantiated propaganda. Just 10 days earlier on NPR and also before the West Dakota Water Conservation group here in Rapid City, Powertech project director Mark Hollenbeck vehemently claimed 120 jobs as the number, yet in these articles Clements states 80. The real number is 30-40, according to other operations.

Powertech continues to gush fantasy guesstimates while attempting to gag the press over opponents’ comments. Powertech’s Hollenbeck, Larry Mann and Clements met with the editorial board and Joe O'Sullivan and also with the staff at the Black Hills Pioneer.

The public taxpayers deserve the truth, not lies perpetrated by the industry through intimidating the press. Powertech’s new corporate office is in Hong Kong.

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Please know that the water scene nationally grows more serious every day and the EPA is powerless to help. Watch the online video "Blue Gold" to see how cities in America are losing their water to foreign entities. By the time people wake up, it may be too late.

The synergistic effects of fracking, uranium, pipeline spills/excursions, and buying up of aquifers nationwide threatens our health and national security.

Rick Summerville, Rapid City

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