Are you privy to hydrological data from the area? It has been a dry year and that was my immediate thought too upon reading the article but that may not explain all of it. I'm from north western Pender county and after a large fish farm was put in and its ponds filled with water pumped from deep wells homes around the area had to have new wells drilled as their's started pulling up a lot of sediment and minerals.
I don't know if the mine is part of the problem, the whole problem or not the cause at all but I wouldn't make such a blanket statement before I knew the facts. Calling someone ignorant is easy, proving that you yourself are not is another matter entirely.
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