JOBS AT BALD MOUNTAIN NEVER THERE:Bowker Associates Provided Saviello, Key Agency Officials & Key Legislators With Hard Evidence in August 2013

Senator Tom Saviello <>
cc: Joan Welsh <>,  Ed Mazurek <>,  “Heather Parent, Director Policy, Office of the Commissione , Maine DEP” <>,  “Horn-Olsen, Samantha” <>,  Ralph Chapman <>,  Ben Chipman <>,  Emily Cain <>,  Katherine Cassidy <>,  Jeff McCabe <>,  Jeff Gifford <>,  James Gillway Town Manager Searsport <>,  denise harlow <>,  “Stebbins, Mark N” <>,  Bill Galbraith

date:  Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM
subject:  Only 30-140 jobs ever anticipated at Bald Mountain to Do Entire Deposit


See the1990 Interdepartmental memo in this group labled 1992 correspondence by LUPC describing a very early tour of Bald Mountain by Boliden.  It shows that initially Boliden had anticipated mining the entire deposit top to bottom in 13 years and that the entire operation would employ between 30 and 130 people. ( This document by the way is also available as a link for anyone who would like to post it or include it in emails
Almost immediately on doing a risk assessment of the mountain which identified both the highly reactive acid generating character of ores and waste, the complete absence of neutralizing potential and anomalously high levels of arsenic, and the extremely high risk of toxic metals leaching into surrounding ground and surface waters, Boliden, the only qualified mine planning, mine development company to ever work at Bald Mountain realized that at a grade of 1% copper the cost of addressing the environmental hazards made developing the whole mine impossible.  Not because the regulations had impossible or unrealistic standards but because the deposit itself was just too risky in Bolidens highly regarded professional judgment..
By 1992 they had scaled back to a much much smaller mine..only 500 feet deep as compared to the original plan of 800 and a much much smaller surface area, only 30 acres focused on a part of the deposit with  a much higher average grade 1.5%.  Obviously that would have employed much less than 130 and would have completed in  a much shorter time frame than 13 years,
In 1993 when they basically dumped the mine for $2 million even though they had spent $20 million on it Black Hawk scaled back to an  even tinier area of feasibility..a tiny little gossan pit that would have exhausted in 3 years and employed a maximum of 65 people
That is irrefutable and clearly documented in official public records..
So this jobs jobs jobs aspect has been created out of whole cloth.  Just invented out of thin air.
Lindsay Newland Bowker, Environmental Risk Manager
Bowker Associates
Science & Research In The Public Interest
15 Cove Meadow Rd
Stonington, Maine 04681
So what is the point of releasing this email now, the day after the due date for all public comments on the appalling Chapter 200 Draft rule on metallic mining other than the obvious” public right to know” aspect  ?
Of those on this original cc list, Ralph Chapman is the only legislator to speak publicly and on the official record about the myth of mining jobs.  At the October 17 BEP Hearing on the rules Representative Chapmans testimony, which will shortly be available online at DEP’s website, spoke directly and wisely to the myth of mining as a major job creator in the local economy.  My recollection is that he recalled for the BEP and Commisisoner Aho that the same sales pitch brought us the Callahan Superfund site.  I believe he also referred to the data Bowker Associates had distributed in August through this email.  His unreported line of the day was that mining does indeed create lots of high paying jobs….20 years later at public cost in superfund clean ups.
Lance Tapley reported this in his August article for the Phoenix as well as disclosing the huge risks  at Bald Mountain Bowker Associates and JS  Cummings had relayed to key legislators: Jeff McCabe, Troy Jackson,and in the  very beginning John Martin
All press who had ever written about Bald Mountain or mining in Maine were also copied .  So why is it with solid irrefutable proof that the claims of local jobs were pure myth, was this not reported in the coverage by Bangor Daily News of the PPH.  I happen to know but cannot yet say publicly what the answer to that is.  The PPH coverage of the October 17th hearings still contained that headline framing the issue as tree huggers v. jobs.  What I don’t know is why.  Is that because controversy sells papers or is there another agenda at work in the official editorial positions of our two major papers of record.  Certainly their coverage of the October 17th hearing bore no resemblance to what I saw and heard that day.
Partly I guess, in this Bowker Associates editorial, I want to say be wary of any politician running for office or testifying who cites support for metallic mining as proof that they are for job creation.  Make it a litmus test and completely disenfranchise any politician who continues this total lie about metallic mining and jobs with your vote and with your public opinion.
Lies about mining will not bring jobs to the counties.
 Sound economic development policy will.
Ralph Chapmans very wise and insightful testimony pointed out that the downward population trends  in the counties and his Blue Hill Peninisula district and  including my own Stonington, were set in motion by forces long ago that the State of Maine under both Republic and Democrat Gubernatorial leadership just failed to address.
Insist that your legislators, your candidates for office bring real insight, real solutions to the table if their campaigns promise jobs.
Insist that our entire legislature get real on jobs and mining and stop asserting complete lies for their own gain.
This is critically important to moving us to the high ground on what we want our law and policy on mining to be.
.These past lies about the economic benefits of mining in Maine are what has kept us on this path to disaster.  Those who have carried this banner of jobs for Maine through mining don’t have the political will or courage to stand up and admit that they were wrong, that they were mislead and to finally take up the task of building wise law and policy for metallic mining in Maine.
Our reality, once we put aside this smoke screen about mining bringing jobs to Maine, is that our statute, written by Pierce Atwood for its client JD Irving went through our entire code of environmental law and simply exempted mining from each and every environmental law.  Our legislators say they really believe they have delivered a statute that provides an appropriate balance between whatever economic stimulus mining might really have and natural resource protections that formerly applied to mining and still apply to much less environmentally risky enterprises.  A plain reading of the statute as artfully, Robert Moses style crafted by Pierce Atwoods, Tim Doyle, says in fact. mining liberated from all other law on natural resource protection  and all will be well just in reliance on a promise from applicants that they will not cause any harm to the environment.
That was a huge mistake involving both republican and democrat leadership and again, no one is willing to have the political courage to admit that mistake and now step up and work to make our law and policy on mining wise and sound.
“We the people” have to make it clear that that’s what we demand, that political courage to correct course on metallic mining in Maine.  If we keep on with this jobs vs trees rhetoric, we ourselves are the architects of the disaster that will costs us many pristine watershed in the state of Maine.
Our political leaders cannot will not take political risks.
We the people have to make it clear that there is no political risk in admitting we made a huge mistake with our written to JD Irvings spec statute and that  we were mislead by false claims of jobs.
What I heard at the public hearing on October 17th is consensus by “we the people ” on that.  We have to keep on and speak louder on that .  It is clear that the Portland Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News are bot going to do what the 4th estate is supposed to do on any pubic issue.  We ourselves have to get the message across to our legislative leaders loud and clear  that mining is just too risky for politics.
It is urgent that we get past this dales claim of local jobs and  it is urgent that we start making law and policy on metallic mining that is risk focused .
It’s almost too late.

About lindsaynewlandbowker

Bowker Associates, Science & Research In The Public Interest, is an independent non profit providing self initiated pro bono analysis on key issues with a potential for massive adverse environmental impact . Bowker Associates has been an internationally recognized and cited voice in analysis of the Samarco failure, its consequence, and the possibilties for recovery. In 2017 we partnered with Daveid M. Chambers, a world leader in responsible mining, in our third joint work on the economics of tailings failures. Bowker, L.N.; Chambers, D.M. In the Dark Shadow of the Supercycle Tailings Failure Risk & Public Liability Reach All Time Highs. Environments 2017, 4, 75. A peer reviewed journal published investigation of the cowboy economics of the supercycle and the resulting escalation on the number and magnitude of catastrophic failures. In 2016 we parnered with Dave Chambers in our 2nd joint work together looking at root causes of failures at a conference . Bowker, L.N.; Chambers, D.M. Root Causes of Tailings Management Failures: The Severity of Consequence of Failures Attributed to Overtopping 1915–2015. In Proceedings of the Protections 2016, Fort Collins, CO, USA, 14 June 2016. [Google Scholar] In 2015 Bowker Associates collaborated with geophysicist David M. Chambers to recompile global authoritative accounts of significant TSF failures in recorded history and to analyze these data in the context of global mining economics 1910-2010 ( Risk, Economics and Public Liability of TSF Failures, Bowker/Chambers July 2015) The third annual update of this globally referenced and used compilation was just released at Researchgate. ( In 2014 Bowker Associates commissioned globally respected geophysicist and hydrogeologist Dr. David Chambers to undertake two technical works: (1) development of technical go no go criteria for vetting mine applications tp:// and (2) a case study of Maine's Bald Mountain, an un mined low grade high risk VMS deposit demonstrating the efficacy and accuracy of two risk assessment tools in vetting mine proposals In Maine, Bowker Associates has deeply engaged and been a public voice in the Searsport DCP LPG Tank, The Cianbro proposal for a Private East West Toll Road, JD Irvings rolling pipeline of Bakken crude to its plant in St. John and review of Phase II plans at The Callahan Superfund site in Brooksville, Maine, and Maine's revisitation of mining in statute and regulation... Our only “client”: is always “the pubic interest”. Our model is to focus on only one or two issues at a time so that we have a substantive command of the relevant field as our foundation for ongoing engagement. Our core work is in envirommental risk management, science and technology as well as bringing any available “best practices” models to the fore. The legal and regulatory history/best models are also a major thrust of our work in building and evaluating public policy. Director/Principal Lindsay Newland Bowker, CPCU, ARM is a recognized expert in Environmental Risk Management., Heavy Construction Risk Management and Marine and Transit Risks and has more than 3 decades of engagement in buiding public policy. Appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo to New York State Banking Board (served 1986-1996); President New York Chapter Chartered Property and Casualty Insurers; Environmental Committee, Risk and Insurance Management Society; Director, Convenor/Co-Chair Bermuda Market Briefing "From Captive to Cats" Hamilton Bermuda. Published Articles of Significance The Risk Economics and Public Liability of Tailings Facility Failures, co-authored with David M. Chambers, July 2015 Beyond. Polarization: Superfund Reform in Perspective, Risk & Insurance Managing Risk For Loss Prevention & Cost Control (Jan. 24, 1997). Lead Hazards and Abatement Technologies in Construction: A Risk Management Approach CPCU Journal 1997 Employee Leasing: Liability in Limbo Risk Management June 1 1997 Environmental Audit Privilege and the Public interest Risk & Insurance Managing Risk For Loss Prevention & Cost Control, April 1997 Asbestos:Holes In Abatement Policies Need To Be Plugged, Lloyd’s Environmental Risk International, May 1993 Editor Published Letters Evironmental Risk Management Beware of Facile Policies Like Fetal Protection Business Insurance 1995(?) High Court Review May Increase Sale of Bank Annuities Business Insurances August 8, 1995 Professional Profiles Protecting the Big Apple’s Core Managing Risk For Loss Prevention & Control December 1996 Major Career Highlights First rigorous analysis showing Relationship Between declining ore grades and TSF Failures of increasing consequence ( July 2015) FIrst Documentation that Gentrification Has Same Impacts as Unassisted Displacement from Urban Renewal Sites Direted Court Ordered EIS of FHA Mortgage Scandal Created Nation's First Homeownership Program for Low Income People (SHIP) Created Earliest Geographic Information Systems Using Defense Technology Developed By IBM Designed and Conducted Parallel Census Count to Show Systematic undercount in minority neighborhoods Documented Bias in ISO Territory Rating Plans for Private Passenger Auto Insurance Using ISO's own Rating Techniques Demonstrated Inherent Bias in Mortgage Policies of Banks With Inner City Branches Demonstrated that NY Telephones Plan for Area Code Split To accommodate anticipated cell phone demand was not efficient and would exhaust in 5 years ( which it did) Undertook First Systematic Evaluation of Child Protective Services Caseload Using Multi Variate Analyic Techniques Developed Child Protective Caseload Management and Tracking System (CANTS) and directed implementation in 4 client states including Illinois, Florida and New York Created and Ran Office of Risk Management for NYC DEP the Nations largest Water & Sewer Authority . 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