Montana, I have signed the petition, but I ask that you find out from the person or group, the destination of the petition.
More important, please pay attention to dag's suggestions. She not only is supportive, but she has offered helpful, vital advice on the effectiveness of the petition.
Talking to your mayor may or may not be helpful. Newspapers, higher ups in the government, more relevant contacts and, as Dag said, a better written petition will probably give you a greater hope of actually making a difference.
There is a tragic history of the effects of sloppy mining practices. Mining is safer now, but I don't know of any mining company known for its altruism. They usually get away with whatever they can without being found out--or they are fined a tiny amount compared to their profits.
I would be terribly worried too, but emotions are often counter-productive in such an important issue.
You're absolutely right Diane and I know Dag is right as well. I thank you both very very much for your support and advice and I'm so sorry that I'm so emotional about all this. I keep trying to stop myself from letting it get to me so much, but this is my home and I feel so helpless.
I've taken some needed quiet time tonight to think about all this and to work on chilling myself out. This is not an easy task for this ball of high anxiety, but I'm working on it.
I've calmed down quite a bit since I first caught wind of this, so that's a good thing. When I get upsetting news like this, I always go through my freak out stage before I calm down and start working things out. You guys might have noticed that about me throughout the years
Thankfully my emotional freak out stage is over and now I can focus on what steps I can take to further help my community to calmly fight this. I'm lucky enough to live in a community who loves their community enough to keep on fighting for their rights. They just don't give up, so that'll give me a chance to actually have a life.
There's a man in town I'm meanin to snag and I need to leave myself some time to work on that. I've been alone way too long and since he's not shy about speaking his mind, we could fight the cause together :-D
Thanks again, Diane, for your support and advice.