Sand mine rules melt under pressure

  • Article by: TONY KENNEDY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 4, 2013 - 6:05 AM

To escape a strict permit in one township, a mine was annexed by a nearby city with lax restrictions.

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plontoonFeb. 2, 1311:06 PM

Sounds like Galt's Gulch.

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texas_technomanFeb. 3, 13 5:07 AM

When they are done mining, and move on, the area will look like the surface of the moon; and there will be a few rich farmers.....

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smeeagain2Feb. 3, 13 6:23 AM

Of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations.....

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earneditFeb. 3, 13 7:31 AM

Preston Township should have incorporated as a city, surrounding Blair. Then there would be no annexation. And its amazing that Blair, which held considerable leverage, wouldn't place at least some limitations on operations. Transferable permits that last in perpetuity? So much for looking out for the good of the community and your neighbors.

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centrist2Feb. 3, 13 8:09 AM

Sounds like the real problem is that these governments are simply selling the rights to their environments too cheaply. When a mine is worth $100 million, $70 thousand a year in add'l tax revenue is paltry. Silica dust is the modern asbestos, trucks full of sand destroy roads, noise exceeding the borders of the mine's property impacts others, mining requires costly environmental monitoring. These governments need to say "no" to issuing a permit until the mines pay them to cover these costs, the money is certainly there. Then they need to reserve the right to pull that permit when miners actions stray from those agreed to. Finally, property land reclaiming has to be part of the agreement.

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itsmyboatFeb. 3, 13 8:11 AM

Blair gets the mine, Preston gets the shaft.

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sinnigFeb. 3, 13 8:12 AM

Local citizens try to play by the rules and the rules get changed.

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furguson11Feb. 3, 13 8:31 AM

Money equals power

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fishskicanoeFeb. 3, 13 8:48 AM

A good example of what usually happens when local governments are confronted by huge corporations. β€œThe fortunes amassed through corporate organization are now so large, and vest such power in those that wield them, as to make it a matter of necessity to give to the sovereign – that is, to the Government, which represents the people as a whole – some effective power of supervision over their corporate use. In order to insure a healthy social and industrial life, every big corporation should be held responsible by, and be accountable to, some sovereign strong enough to control its conduct.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

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jimmyjames76Feb. 3, 1310:04 AM

Money means you don't need to follow the rules.

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