Note: This article is a sidebar to this issue's feature story.
"Laura Griego" is fervently loyal to thecompany that has employed her husband for 30 years. At her request, we are not using her real name.
Laura Griego: "The mine is everything, really, because it's given us everything. If Molycorp wasn't here, we wouldn't have had our kids in school, especially college.
"The mine is always donating. You ask the mine for anything, and if they feel it's a good project, they'll do whatever they can to help you. So, I feel that the mine is committed to the community. I don't see why people are against it.
"I think it'd be like a ghost town without the mine. We hope it does keep going, but you never know. We don't want to move, so we just keep praying and hoping that it does stay open.
"I really don't like (environmentalists), to tell you the truth. I really can't figure them out, because, I think, why do they want to come and say that the water's polluted, or that Molycorp's doing this or that to our water? Why do they care? They don't live here. We live here.
"I don't think Molycorp's doing anything to hurt our water, you know. I would think that if something was really bad, people would start getting sick, animals would start getting sick, and I've never heard of that. That's why I say, how can people think that the water is bad?
"We should take care of the land. That's why I think that Molycorp tries to do everything they can to take care of the river, the land, the air. I mean, you know, but accidents do happen."
These quotes were taken from oral histories collected by anthropology graduate students Sandhya Ganapathy and Eirian Humphreys.
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