Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wall Street Journal takes a close look at Florida phosphate mining fight



THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Miners Dig In for a Fight

Environmentalists Say Phosphate Mining 

Threatens Florida Wetlands, Farmland



WAUCHULA, Fla.—The phosphate mined for more than a century here in central Florida to make fertilizer has yielded thousands of jobs and countless harvests around the world.
But environmental groups are arguing in federal court that the cornucopia extracts too high a price in lost wetlands, spoiled water supplies and ruined farmland.
The Sierra Club and local environmentalists have slammed the brakes on an 11,000-acre mine extension planned by industry giant Mosaic Co. after securing a court injunction in July—the first such ruling in a state that supplies approximately 70% of U.S. phosphate rock for fertilizer. Mosaic is appealing the ruling.