This letter is in response to the public notification of the request for air quality permit by Proppant Specialists outlining their intention to build an industrial sand plant that is to be located on Ranch Road 1222 near Katemcy, TexasTo the Mason County citizens, business owners, and land owners, please know how opposed our Camp Air/Katemcy/Fredonia/Pontotoc communities are to this plant. I think everyone has seen the destructive result of sand mining operations on both sides of our county. Now there is a proposed sand mining operation within our county.Mason County needs to take a hard look and decide if this is the direction this county wants to move in. It has always been a place for retirement, hunting and fishing, recreation, farming and ranching. This will soon cease to exist if these sand plants continue to proliferate. My family has had the land in Camp Air and Katemcy for close to 80-100 years. This is truly a disappointment to lose this beautiful hill country. I have property right next door to proposed operation. My property will no longer be useful for any of the above activities. I suppose I am fortunate that I may have other options for retirement. However, I am not sure that all the adjoining land owners have options to get away from this impending environmental disaster. I ask that you each travel to Voca and Erna and take a look at the devastation to the land. Look at all the trees on nearby properties and observe the layer of white dust covering their leaves. This will be in the air, in our houses, on our crops, affecting our livestock and our stock tanks. In addition, please keep in mind that there is already a certain percentage of silica in the air we breath due to the existing sand operations. Another sand plant will add additional silica to this air. Again, please consider what the future of Mason County is to be. This is a decision our commissioners, business leader, citizens need to discuss soon. Or the decision is going to be made by landowners that cannot refuse the monetary offers by these sand mining operations.
Pat Bode Saunders