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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

2012.04.11 Holly Taylor: Concern about injection wells

Written by David Green.

It is too bad that representatives from West Bay Exploration chose not to attend the town hall meeting in Brooklyn on April 5 to discuss the injection wells proposed for Norvell Township. Perhaps they could have answered the following questions.

At the March 8 meeting we learned that West Bay’s two deep injection wells will be drilled in Norvell Township and that each injection well can absorb the waste from 22 oil wells. Since there are 42 oil wells in production, with a total of 60+ drilled over the last two years, and more sites being prepared, how many injection wells can we realistically expect to have in the Irish Hills? Has West Bay applied for permits for more than the two wells currently pending? How long does it take between the initial application to the EPA and final approval? At what stage in the process are public statements heard?

In addition to the above, there seems to be some discrepancy as to the depth of the injection wells. How many feet down are they expected to go?  Since everyone draws their drinking water from the same aquifer, we need to protect it at all costs.  The injection wells will definitely threaten that aquifer. In addition, the EPA has stated that “50% of all well casings will fail over time.” 

– Holly Taylor

Crestridge Drive, Cement City

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