Wisconsin sues Twin Cities firms over sand spill in St. Croix River

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 9, 2012 - 6:55 PM

The Wisconsin DNR is referring a case to the state justice department after sand leaked from a mine into the St. Croix River.

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kenw1952wJun. 9, 12 6:19 PM

Subtract it from the $60 Million Wi owes Mn for tuition reimbursement or the $800 million that Mn is paying to build a bridge across the St. Croix for Sconies to come to work in Mn.

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wardnjuneJun. 9, 12 6:29 PM

As well they should. Of course, the entire Minnesota congressional delegation voted to over-ride the Scenic Waterways Act in order to push through the obscenely over-priced and butt-ugly Stillwater bridge, so now that they've traveled down that slippery-slope, why should they care about a massive spillage??

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brianstrJun. 9, 12 6:53 PM

A highly inefficient mining technique is exacerbated by mining in a "pretty environmentally critical area". Again the irreplaceable is being used for a quick buck today. I guess it won't end until everything has gone to waste.

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falcon1679Jun. 9, 12 7:39 PM

So let me get this straight. Wisconsin, now a Tea party strong hold for those that believe we should not regulate private corporations and NOT be allowed to hold corporations liable for ecological damage, is filing a lawsuit, which for the state to do so has to be approved by the state Governor, against two Twin Cities companies for environmental damage to their river? Amazing how ideology goes right out the window when the hypocrites see the chance to pocket a few bucks.

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grandpa64Jun. 9, 12 8:01 PM

Is it not true that the Upper Midwest is made of SAND!

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justsayinJun. 9, 12 8:27 PM

I agree. Time to pull out MN's share of that $700,000,000 St Croix bridge project. Can you say Boooooooondogle?

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Lowrie02Jun. 9, 12 9:23 PM

The disturbing fact with most of these companies is that they never seem to find the spill or whatever themselves!

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rlwr51Jun. 10, 12 1:15 AM

Trading clean water for oil? I guess, why not were trading clean water for the "right" of some people to burn a bunch of gas to work in Minnesota and enjoy what taxes pay for while living in Wisconsin to avoid paying them.

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