Wis. sand-mine spills cause call for penalties against Minn. firms

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 12, 2012 - 12:10 PM

Frac sand operations face heightened scrutiny as industry grows in Wisconsin, Minnesota.

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rshacklefordJun. 11, 1210:48 PM

"The sand may also have contained chemicals used in processing, but that has not yet been determined, she said." ---- How can that be determined when the jerk companies say that their 'fracking chemical mixture' is proprietary and secret information?! This business destroys so much but does produce well water that can be lit on FIRE!

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SqUaReD80Jun. 12, 1212:17 AM

Haven't you all seen the commercials from Big Oil that say the entire fracking process is safe and clean? I find it hard to believe that a multi-multi-multi-billion dollar industry would try to deceive us in any way.

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shadesofgrayJun. 12, 12 5:50 AM

'We' just never learn. Money first, life and health and beauty...never.

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wwfsmd337Jun. 12, 12 6:50 AM

It is okay because the sand companies said that they are sorry. The fines will be a slap on the wrist.

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tnucklJun. 12, 12 7:17 AM

Careful what you wish for.

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unionsrockJun. 12, 12 7:32 AM

People will claim their is no need to regulate this industry. Yeah, right.

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jcinmnJun. 12, 12 8:15 AM

They can't mine SAND safely and they want to mine sulfides? Let's hold back on those mining permits for another thousand years. By then they should be able to electroplate the copper out of the ore deposits.

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raineyrooJun. 12, 12 8:56 AM

Lemme guess. These companies will soon declare bankruptcy and the taxpayers will be forced to foot the clean up.

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trib123Jun. 12, 12 8:57 AM

tsk..tsk..no gummit regs needed...they'll just get in the way of the "job creators"!!

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patasticJun. 12, 12 9:12 AM

These mining operations are regulated. They violated the regulations.

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