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Re: “Buffalo River Coalition not assured by Cargill response on hog farm

My sincere thanks Joe! You have written an outstanding letter to Cargill and, I can only hope, that you have educated them about the definition of " Stakeholder". You have said it as it is. Bravo for the effort and the spine!

Alice B. Andrews

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Posted by auxarcsalice on 09/09/2014 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Pork producers suggest more danger to Buffalo River from people than pigs

Whew! Really, Mr. Masters, talk about hog poop..................
You assert that "C & H, the industrial hog farm at Mt. Judea and Cargill, the global, multi-billion conglomerate" for whom C & H raises the hogs, followed all appropriate government permit approvals that are in place". Hold on there - specifications for C & H's nutrient management plan and the hogwaste storage ponds are questionable.

The land on which the hog farm sits (around 25 acres) was not
a family farm operated for generations but was purchased specifically for the C & H industrial hog farm, permitted to have up to 6500 hogs. Far smaller hog farms have been in operation in Newton Co., (less than 500 hogs), in the past and located in less ecologically sensitive sites. 85 % fewer hogs produced in Arkansas now - excellent! That is good news for a clean water and clean air
state that also depends on tourism dollars.

If Mr. Masters reads any current, well-documented scientific data about limestone and karst topography, it is not a matter of "if" but rather "when" hogwaste pollution is likely to contaminate Big Creek and it's springs, then on to the Buffalo River. Big Creek is a major tributary of the Buffalo River.

Does the Arkansas Pork Producers Association care about the serious health threats associated with hog factories? Do they know that the hog farm is close, about 1/3 of a mile, from the Mt. Judea Schools? It is well-established fact that hogwaste contains health-threatening microbes such as multi-antibiotic resistant staph , fecal coliforms, cryptosporidium, viruses and more. The hog barns (the concentrated animal feeding operation) ventilates the horrific odors of the barns to the atmosphere and the airshed of the schools. These include fumes of ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and methane with fine particulate matter, all of which are respiratory and other bodily threats to the schoolchildren and citizens of Mt. Judea.

The hogwaste lagoon's (ponds) clay liners can, and do crack or breakdown over time, leaking into the soils below and around the ponds. The underlying limestone is porous and has cracks that form a conduit to groundwater, to Big Creek and its many springs.

The Vice President of Arkansas Pork Producers Ass'n. complains that there are many other sources of pollution of the Buffalo such as the National Park Service's waste treatment plants at Buffalo Point discharging human waste to the Buffalo River. Talk about "disingenuous" - the National Park Service discharges only TREATED waste water to the Buffalo, meeting the standards set by ADEQ. In fact, ADEQ awarded Buffalo National River their highest Award for Excellence in Operation of small waste water treatment plants in 2012. Further, your complaints about leaking septic tanks along the river - The Farm Bureau, Cargill, C & H and the Arkansas Pork Producers could show their good faith and stewardship of our natural resources by putting up funds to "fix" leaky septic systems or Jasper's failing wastewater treatment plant.
Many small wastewater treatment plants do not have the funds to upgrade their infrastructure.

How can adding more pollution to the Buffalo River be justified by the Pork Producers, C & H and Cargill? How is this a "long-term solution" to stewardship of the natural resources of the area?

Shame on you for naming the Nature Conservancy as one of your partners. The Nature Conservancy that I know would never support a large CAFO in such a fragile ecosystem.

Lets be clear Mr. Masters, the Arkansas Conservation Community
IS working on several fronts to resolve the imminent threats from the Cargill/C&H industrial hog operation, and to establish long-term
stewardship of Arkansas' natural resources in the Buffalo National River watershed. Oh that we could protect all of our watersheds!

Alice B. Andrews

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Posted by auxarcsalice on 10/28/2013 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Hog farm near the Buffalo River stirs controversy

Outstanding article David! You covered details from beginning to the present and shed light on questions that people, both local and across the state, have been fearful of discussing for years.


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Posted by auxarcsalice on 08/14/2013 at 11:53 AM

Re: “A call for Buffalo River protection on float, hog farm tour

Earlier today...

In response to "Louie" and "between two creeks" re the economic prospects of a generally poor region...(Newton Co.)Here are some numbers from Arkansas State Parks and Tourism: In 2012 tourism attracted 1.3 million visitors and generated $840,000 per day in the Ozark Mountain Region which includes Baxter, Boone, Marion, Newton and Searcy Counties for a total of $307,611,815. That represents 3500 jobs with a payroll of $56.5 million: $18.5 million in state taxes and $5.9 million in local taxes. Reference:, look at right hand side, bottom of the page (4th column) at economic reports. This is published every March.

Consider those numbers vs. the impacts of a CAFO which puts
public health at risk, threatens a school, a community and property values (real estate), threatened species, fishing, ground water and recreation. Economic injury? You bet!

And in response to "I_am_the_NRA" - look at the above tourism
dollars spent in the Ozark Mountain Region - the counties
surrounding the Buffalo National River. Apparently you and Cargill place monetary profit and greed above protecting the beauty and magnificence of God's creation which millions of people enjoy on
and around the Buffalo National River, a true national treasure. No corporation has the freedom, the right to profit on the backs of those local residents and citizens statewide who want this water- shed protected from such assaults.

As concerned citizens, we are not anti-business nor anti-farmer; there are more suitable locations (non-environmentally sensitive) to engage in industrial hog operations. The CAFO can be moved,
the Buffalo River cannot. Shame on you and Cargill.


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Posted by auxarcsalice on 05/23/2013 at 12:19 AM

Re: “Chesapeake selling Ark. property

Can this information be verified? Max usually knows what he is talking about. Please - more info.

Posted by auxarcsalice on 02/08/2011 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Chesapeake selling Ark. property

Can this info be verified? Max usually knows what he is talking about.
Tell us more!

Posted by auxarcsalice on 02/08/2011 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Carol Griffee, 1937-2011

Carol was usually present when the long deceased Arkansas Scenic Rivers Commission was meeting. During my 10 years on the Commission, I served two years as Chairperson. When difficult issues were under discussion, I always looked at Carol; if she was violently shaking her head, I knew we were headed down the wrong path. I was
proud to call her a wise advisor, colleague and friend who fearlessly represented the definition of integrity. Rest in peace Carol and in your spare time let us know we are on the right track! Alice Andrews

Posted by auxarcsalice on 01/25/2011 at 12:42 PM


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