Brooklyn Center protesters decry sand mining

  • Article by: CURT BROWN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 2, 2012 - 12:31 AM

More than 50 went to a metro frac sand conference to show their opposition.

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nonewtaxesOct. 2, 12 5:10 AM

I am sure the bus the protesters rode in was solar powered.

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ontheroadagnOct. 2, 12 7:24 AM

but they don't live there or use gas and oil

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copper88Oct. 2, 12 8:04 AM

But sand mining will make us energy independent! We'll be exporting oil to Saudi Arabia and gas will 10 cents a gallon. Don't these people know anything?

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sinnigOct. 2, 12 8:05 AM

The sand mine companies are their own worst enemy. Many of them seem reluctant to reveal who their investors are and what experience they have in sand mining. When you live in the community and realize that what they want to do will forever change the character of your community, it's hard to feel good about turning that future over to unknown outsiders whose only interest is making a profit. People who do not live in a community affected by this "gold rush" mentality and who have not made an effort to understand what the issues are add nothing to the conversation when they simply dis those who have a right to raise legitimate questions about sand mining.

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rebelskichickOct. 2, 12 8:26 AM

hmmm and using glasses to see....glass is made with sand...

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markapOct. 2, 12 9:38 AM

Did the conference participants arrive by bicycle?

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biggusdoggusOct. 2, 1210:07 AM

"The sand mine companies are their own worst enemy. Many of them seem reluctant to reveal who their investors are" It's none of your business who the investors are.

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kezaezyOct. 2, 1210:31 AM

(Sarcasm alert): You're right. Because we are currently gluttons for oil -- ravishing the environment in order to feed our need and big-oil-and-gas’ greed -- we should do nothing. But that is so wrong headed. You CAN make a difference. Start by making one-step-at-a-time adjustments to your personal habits. 1. Park the SUV and do what I do. That is, walk, bike or bus it. 2. Cut down (or, better yet, cut out) your meat consumption. From a January 2008 NY Times article: “…an estimated 30 percent of the earth’s ice-free land is directly or indirectly involved in livestock production… [and] livestock production generates nearly a fifth of the world’s greenhouse gases — more than transportation. We “process” (that is, grow and kill) nearly 10 billion animals a year, more than 15 percent of the world’s total.” 3. Obviously, re-use (first) and recycle (second). The other thing you can do is (pardon the pun) take your head out of the sand regarding such oil-and-gas getting methods as silica sand mining. It sounds innocuous enough, but it will (and is) defacing the land. Wind and solar are the future. Question is, will we get there fast enough? Last week I spoke with a man who is an Aerospace chemical engineer. He said we are approaching peak oil and that, when we get there, we will be forced to change to the afore mentioned energy alternatives. Problem is, it takes energy to build solar power plants and wind farms. We need to get on it now, before we’re tapped out.

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clintonliesOct. 2, 1210:34 AM

It would have been nice if the reporter told us who organized the protesters. Also, they should have been asked if their bus was powered by cow manure.

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rebelskichickOct. 2, 1211:58 AM

sinnig...please explain why it matters who the investors are? They are not the ones running the company they are in fact investors (Invest-meaning to put (money) to use, by purchase or expenditure, in something offering potential profitable returns, as interest, income, or appreciation in value.)

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