Phosphate Mining Severe Environmental Impacts
Florida Phosphate Industry Practices
The before and after images shown above display severe environmental damage to Florida's landscape which naturally contains diverse unique flora and fauna. Phosphate fertilizer production plants destroy the Peace River watershed as you can see for yourselves. Many phosphate plants are located within 40 miles of the Tampa Bay Area and located over one of the largest phosphate rock deposits on Earth. This area also holds the only geohydrolgical ecosystem (watersheds) of it's kind anywhere!
This fact is easily seen in practice about 40 miles due east of Tampa, FL on Hwy. 60 east near Bartow, FL and about 25 miles south of Brandon,FL on Lithia Pincrest road called the New Whales plant or in Riverview, FL on Hwy. 41 south of Tampa, FL. All of these dangerous fertilizer plants are massive and cover tens of square miles each.
At the turn of the twenty-first century, Florida's phosphate industry produced ($1,130,000,000) or $1.13 billion dollars worth of (phosphate based) fertilizer and was exported from Florida making it one of Florida's leading export commodities", says the Department of Environmental Protection Services.
The Florida phosphate strip mines shown in (Fig. 1) above display irreparable environmental damage to Florida's landscape because the earth's surface is being entirley removed to a depth of some fifty feet.
Phosphate industry practices surely disrespect the sovereignty of Florida's Public Trust Doctrine. Florida's phosphate industry practices also illustrates the industry's cavalier attitude concerning reclamation projects and is known to be poor envoronmental stewards of the Florida landscape.
Is Florida phosphate rock more valuable than Florida's fresh water reserves, watersheds, and aquifers? Florida politics and a phosphate strip mining industry displays it is, every day!READ MORE HERE...
Florida's Phosphate Mining Linked To Sinkholes
The United States Geological Survey (USGS), believes areas prone to sinkholes are located under the southwest central Florida earth and can be induced by large amounts of water consumption (Phosphate Strip Mines). This area covers over a thousand square miles in southwest central Florida.
These sinkholes form based on the rock types, aquifer formations, watershed destruction, and the lack of ground water. This is based on hydraulic pressure created by aquifers.
Thus, the lack of water pressure from watershed destruction causes the surface (Overburden) to become unstable and collapse in some cases. Unfortunately, loss of life and property can occur upon a surface collapse.
Again, evidence points to the phosphate industry in the form of sinkholes caused by watershed formation destruction and the loss of hydraulic surface pressure the formations create.
(Fig. 2) Central Florida Sinkhole