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It was a well-attended session in Harrison the other night, proving yet again that our state's Department of Environmental Quality's (cough) stunningly bad decision in 2012 to permit a hog factory in our sacred Buffalo National River watershed continues to motivate plenty of public attention.

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  • Jfish
    June 21, 2014 at 10:25 a.m.

    Mike, population and economic growth (the power line and hog farm) usually trump environmental concerns and impacts. You have agriculture and development groups who lobby against any and all environmental regulations, even if they do make sense. Also, if you are going to call out ADEQ, you also need to call out the other Federal and State agencies who had oversight under NEPA or had the responsibility to comment when notified about the proposed industrial hog farm.

  • Morebeer
    June 21, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.

    Nice work, Mike, keep hammering those state officials, from Beebe on down, who dropped the ball, either out of incompetence or collusion.

  • carpenterretired
    June 21, 2014 at 1:24 p.m.

    There Mike goes again being a liberal.

  • LContreras
    June 25, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.


    Your words inspire many of us, frustrated with the irresponsible actions of ADEQ, for profit corporations, and other state and federal agencies. Some people in Arkansas do not understand the unique natural treasures we take for granted. In light of climate change and the plight of many people in the world threatened with desertification, we should do all we can to preserve the unique beauty of the Ozarks for seven generations. Clean air, fresh water, awesome wildlife and the wonders of our karst environment are priceless gifts we need to preserve. Once gone, they are gone forever. We need to go back to our roots and renew the respect for mother earth, our common habitat.

    Transmission lines do not provide electric power; all they do is move electrons far away to be sold at a profit. Wheeling electrons is barely legal, no different from driving across state lines with a trunk full of cigarettes. Local solar and community solar solutions are not only superior technologies, but more importantly, they change the rules of ownership and control. With small, simple, safe, reliable and secure energy solutions, captive ratepayers can take control and become power generators.

    Thank you for caring for what really matters.