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
"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
"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.
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.