Forum Held in Opposition to Watershed Mining and Mining Effects on Neighborhoods

Press Pool Story

Protect Our Watersheds CT hosted a forum at which residents who live in vicinity of the Tilcon open-pit rock quarry express concerns about, “noise from the mining operation, tremors from the blasts, cracks in the walls,” as well as concerns about, “dust hanging in the air,” and “chemical residues.”

Residents were invited to the meeting to “hear why a growing number of people in the region oppose the proposed expansion of the Tilcon quarry onto New Britain’s watershed land,” and “what is happening with the independent environmental impact evaluation the City of New Britain must commission to ascertain what long-term and permanent effects such a plan will have on our drinking water, land, ecosystem, air, and the well-being of future generations.”

The forum was held on Saturday, October 22nd at the New Britain Public Library.

Members of Protect Our Watersheds CT are advocating for New Britain residents to sign their online petition expressing opposition to Tilcon extending their quarry onto New Britain’s protected water-supply land, saying “This land supplies water to Shuttle Meadow Reservoir & Crescent Lake!” Their petition is online at