Sand mining plans draw fire in Scott

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 28, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Two proposals for silica mines near the Minnesota River are raising concern.

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jackpinesavFeb. 29, 12 8:48 AM

Lived in that area for 35 years, had a well drilled down to the Jordan Aquafer, source of water for much of the metro area. Fracking is under investigation in Canada and across this country regarding the impact upon ground water. "Drill..Baby...Drill" has consequences beyond simplistic jargon. Minnesota Valley is a special place; we need clean water. Time to be very careful!

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familyguy01Feb. 29, 1212:11 PM

They are not fracking there...just mining for the sand to send out for the fracking process. No different than mining sand for concrete plants, sand boxes, sand castings for molds etc.etc...

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strib1991Feb. 29, 12 7:11 PM

familyguy01: It's VERY different. Start reading up on it and learning the facts. These types of mines are like a cancer to the landscape and environment. Once the county allows one permit - just one - it'll be impossible to say no to more. The mines will take hold and spread like cancerous tumors. They want to come into Goodhue County/Red Wing/Haycreek Township area and ruin our surrounding bluffs and valleys with open pit blufftop silica sand mines. They're reasoning "well, we won't be flattening ALL the bluffs". We're fighting tooth and nail to keep them out of Goodhue County. They're not welcome here either. Get some facts. Obviously you live far enough away from the proposed mines, so that you don't care. Very selfish attitude to have if that's the case.

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bcarefulMar. 1, 1212:15 PM

strib1991, you may want to educate yourself on the projects being discussed. Both are located on sites that have been or are active mine sites already. Neither are bluff top mine sites either.

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foodfeedMar. 1, 12 5:59 PM

The land of ten thousand lakes should take a stand against this industry that is destroying the water supplies wherever it exists. We shouldn't give up our resources just because they ask. And if what they're saying is true, the value of this land will only increase for future generations. We shouldn't assist them with the pollution of water elsewhere because we understand the value they are destroying.

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strib1991Mar. 2, 12 6:07 AM

bcareful: Oh, I'm educated on the subject! I was referring to these silica mines in general and where companies are trying to buy up all the land they can. Maybe in Scott County, no-one really cares, but they're trying to get silica mines started all over SE Minnesota and yes, in this area, they're buying blufflands. Once you allow one, you can't say no to more. Check out current silica mining operations and see what they've done and what's been destroyed/lost as they spread.

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