By Zema Luncher
Protests at Site 52 are putting a severe strain on the financial ecosystem, damaging the habitats of taxpayers and politicians, says Comise County Warden Tom Gudgeon.
Blockades at the proposed dump site in Teeny Township are not only harming these species but the protestors as well, he added.
“The protestors are taxpayers too, so they are only harming themselves by draining financial resources through their blockade,” the warden said. “Also, by keeping the construction workers from the site, they are keeping them from earning money to buy food and water for their families.”
Halton Brewster, a financial advisor who has been on the site since the protests began, agrees.
“Blocking construction will only destroy earth’s most precious resource – money,” he said. “The protests are putting severe strain on politicians and making their environment very toxic.
If they don’t stop soon, politicians may start to die off.”
Brewster added there’s been a rise in illness among politicians, which could be a cue for the total collapse of Comise County’s financial and political systems and, as a result, the health of the whole region.
The county hopes to replenish some of the depleted money resources caused by the blockades and prevent further financial degradation by allowing the OPP to start fining protestors. Protestors will have to pay $5000 if they do not leave the site and the county has also asked two of the protest leaders to pay $160,000 in damages.
But Brewster says this is not enough to stop the draining of money from the area.
“Even if every protestor was fined, it would only replace a fraction of that lost resource,” he said.
Brewster added some of the county’s actions, such as removing water from the site, may actually make the financial degradation worse. The county has approval to pump up to 820,000 litres of water from the site per day for 275 days.
“Pumping all that water out will cost huge amounts of money that cannot be replaced,” Brewster said.
Vaughan Steele, another financial advisor, is also worried about the disposal of the water.
“It sounds to me like the county is just going to take this water and dispose of it anywhere,” he said. “I don’t see how they could even think of just dumping a dangerous substance like that where it could pose a serious risk to human and animal life.”
They should at least consider selling it.”