On Friday, February 17, 2017, we received some startling and disconcerting news. Paul Pellerin, the lone remaining plaintiff in our appeal of the mining permit issued by the Town, without any warning or our consent, replaced John Laudati as counsel with McAnaney & McAnaney. Unlike our joint retention with Pellerin of Laudati’s firm, we are not a party to the agreement between Pellerin and his new counsel.
Prior to yesterday, because Pellerin is the sole plaintiff, we had worked with him to successfully prosecute the appeal trusting that any agreement to settle or not would be based on an agreement between him and us on our joint course of action. Now he is acting on his own. We believe he is likely to settle the case and, in doing so, permit mining. We do not know when this will happen or on what terms and conditions that may occur since we are not and will not be a party to the settlement.
We are reviewing our options as a result of this unnerving change of circumstances and will advise you when we have determined what, if anything, we can do. If there is nothing we can do, we wish to thank all of you for the support you have provided to us.
We will update you with any new information if and when we receive it.
We won our court case. Link to court document: Judge Berger's Decision
The Journal Inquirer has written a comprehensive article on our court case. Visit this link to read it
The potential reopening of the sand pit in West Suffield, approved by the Suffield zoning and planning commission threatens all of us who live in Suffield, Granby and Southwick. Without your help in our fight to roll back the approval of that commission our communities may be irreparably harmed. This is what we have to look forward to:
Our waters polluted with oil, our air choked with silica dust, our ears stuffed with unrelenting noise, emergency vehicles blocked by tri-axle trucks on our narrow country roads, our businesses filled with empty tables, our taxes packed with more taxes to repair the roads, our community crowded with “For Sale” signs. House values may decrease, taxes could increase and for what? So that the chairman of that same commission can reap the benefit at the expense of the rest of us?
Now is the time to join us.
It’s do or die.
So let’s do.
We have a strong case and we have excellent legal representation to fight this battle.
This is a call to you, to all of us, to help pay for the expenses and legal fees to fight this strip mine. It’s a donation that saves our communities.
To see what a strip mining operation looks like visit our blog.
"The Great Brook Aquifer is a productive sand and gravel buried valley aquifer. Two other municipalities, Westfield and Southwick, have wells within the same aquifer. The Zone II for West Springfield’s wells extends to the aquifer watershed boundary, south of Congamond Lakes, and is partially within the town of Suffield, Connecticut. There is no evidence of a protective, confining clay layer above the sand and gravel aquifer. Wells located within this type of aquifer are considered to be highly vulnerable to contamination from activities on the ground surface due to the absence of hydrogeologic barriers that can prevent contaminant migration. The water from the wells is treated through a granular activated carbon unit to remove the pesticides EDB and DCP, and disinfected prior to distribution."