Citizens Gather to Fight DNR Land and Cash Grab

Posted: January 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

Grassroots citizens organizations from across the state will gather with the public March 5 at 12 noon to hold a public rally concerning the Missouri Department of Natural Resources purchase of land for the development of a state park in Oregon County using remediation funds set aside for areas of the state, including Iron, Madison, Reynolds and St. Francois Counties, that received ecological damage caused by ASARCO lead contamination, according to Bob Parker, one of the organizers of the event and co-chair of the Ozarks Property Rights Coalition.
“The purchase by DNR has been shrouded in secrecy from the beginning. It is essentially theft of funds from the counties hurt by lead mining, taking money intended to clean up toxic areas and instead buying up to 5,000 acres in Oregon County, putting in a state park that Oregon County does not want, decreasing the tax base of the poorest county within the state. The lead belt counties need the money, Oregon County does not want the park, and DNR and Governor Nixon have indicated they don’t care what the people want. This event is meant to inform the people and send a message to our government,” Parker said. “We need our legislature to act and stop this theft.” Oregon County is located in the south-central part of the state, far from any lead contamination. The county commissioners of Oregon County traveled to Jefferson City to meet with DNR officials and express their displeasure with the deal recently, and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder sponsored a town hall educational meeting in West Plains attended by five state representatives, commissioners from several of the affected counties, school board officials who stated the deal would hurt Oregon County schools, and 200 citizens, many of whom spoke against the land deal.
Senator Mike Cunningham and Rep Robert Ross have both introduced bills in the Missouri Legislature to force the sale of the property purchased in Oregon County, Missouri.
Victoria ‘Tori’ Proffer spokesperson for the newly formed, MO8th Property Rights Coalition, sponsor of the event, stated “Some of these monies were slated to clean-up the drinking water in Fredericktown among other projects. But monies are now being diverted for this DNR project. It is important that DNR immediately correct this action, as it is against the people’s will.”
This is a non-partisan issue. Groups attending include Republicans, Democrats, Constitution Party members, citizens groups, farmers, and people from all walks of life in the affected counties. Those wanting more information, or wanting to know how to participate and make their voices heard can call Tori Proffer 573-482-4476 for Iron, Madison, Reynolds, St. Francois Counties or Michael Don Stack 417-264-2535 for Oregon County. Those wishing to speak at this event may call Bob Parker 417-457-6111. Sponsors or other inquiries may email DNR@MO8th.com. or go to www.MO8th.com. The event will be held at Nelson’s Music City, 10 miles south of Farmington, March 5 from noon until 5 pm.” Parker said.

Comments
  1. gene ballay says:

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention

  2. JANIS COWAN-HANNES says:

    Thank you all for standing up to this.  Hope there is a good turnout for the rally.  anam cara

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