Letter: Cumberland extraction rules affect most residents

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I am curious as to why there has been no mention that Elvin and Randy Copp have already clear-cut approximately 40 acres, filled in a small pond and screened and extracted tons of material on the Cumberland property that prompted a town review of rules for gravel pits and water removal. This property is located in RR1/RR2 zones.

The residents of Cumberland should take notice that this type of mineral extraction is permitted; 80 percent of the residents of the town live in the rural residential zones where mineral extraction is permitted.  If you live near an open field, you might have mineral extraction taking place next door and there is nothing you can do to prevent it.

If Cumberland residents are interested in more information about this topic and ending it, e-mail cleancumberland@gmail.com for more information. A group of citizens have joined to make sure that the aquifer is kept safe and pure and that mineral extraction is not allowed to go wild in our town.  Watch for the cleancumberland.org website for information on what you can do to help preserve the integrity of our town.

Kathleen M. Lynch
Cumberland

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