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Proposed spaceport in wrong place

To the Journal editor:

This great lake that we love, Lake Superior, is not ours to abuse. It is in our safe keeping. It is ours to watch over and protect. It is for this reason that I am writing this letter.

There are people who would like to build a spaceport on Thoney’s Point, a pristine piece of land within Granite Loma, which is just a few miles north of Marquette and is right on the shore of Lake Superior. There are so many reasons why this particular location is wrong for this project and I would like to name just a few of the many concerns.

1. The emission of gases and particles would contribute to air pollution.

2. Lakeshore erosion from water displacement and water use are of concern (each launch will use tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of gallons of water.)

Anyone who has recently driven along Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette has witnessed the effects that erosion and high water have already had on the shoreline.

3. Approximately 1 in 20 launches fail. Failure can mean a fire, debris falling into the lake or onto land.

4. Damage to wildlife, aquatic life and vegetation are all realities.

5. Noise and light pollution will occur.

If you would like to join in the effort to protect our Lake, please sign the change.org petition “say no to rocket site.” Please write our local, state and national officials now.

Our lake needs each one of us to speak on its behalf.

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