An eventful day on the mountain again. We had over 18 people there today, most for the duration. There was blasting farther away from the campsite around 11:00 this morning, and then again at 3:32, this time much closer. We received warnings for these blasts an hour or less ahead of time. As the 3:32 blast drew closer, things started to pick up at the campsite. We watched as the rock drill, truck, and blasting mats were put into place around an area on the other side of the ravine from the campsite. As we were watching, two people posted more “no trespassing” signs (it only took two this time!) and informed us that we were within 1000 feet of the blasting area (but did not ask us to leave). At about 3:00, four men walked to the orange tape. Two of them came across, one to speak, and one to hold a camera. He explained to us the meaning of the temporary restraining order, and that he “hoped we would leave” but that they would not “use physical force.” He also asked us to give him our names and IDs, to which we did not respond. They then left and continued laying blasting mats. At about 3:15 the same two men arrived and read us the restraining order (which was posted on a near-by tree) then walked back the blasting area. We have to hand it to him, he did a good job reading aloud all that legal jargon. Perhaps he should consider a career change.
At 3:20 they laid out the detonator line, gave the horn warnings and then detonated the blast at 3:32. We remained in the same location, which we were told was within 1000 feet, for the duration of these events. I understand that one of our group was told by a worker that by remaining in our location we would be “risking injury or death.” Although we did not feel threatened by the (fairly distant) blast, we can only assume that this means Maine Drilling and Blasting was willing to risk injuring or killing us in order to be paid.
Today’s events– GMP’s efforts to make us leave– just make us more certain of the importance of having people on the mountain to protect property rights and observe the proceedings. Why are they so anxious about having an audience? We’ll stick around to find out!
The last two posts were submitted by “Mrs. Muskrat.”