Officials to DEC: Stop Cargill mining under Cayuga Lake

Leaders in Tompkins County are looking to preserve one of the area’s best resources.

Officials say a letter has been sent to the DEC asking not to reauthorize Cargill’s permit for the Cayuga Salt Mine. They claim research has shown the tectonic forces caused by mining could cause serious damage to the lake.

Officials want the company to operate under dry land rather than under the lake. Damage to the lake could have a huge ripple effect on the community.

“The people that live on the lake, the people that come here because of the lak, this is just a precious resource that we cannot put at risk,” said Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D – Ithaca). “We have to live by the precautionary principle that says we have to assume the worst on these things. We have a reason to think that there is risk here, and we shouldn’t be taking that risk at all.”

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