Mining proceeds in Scott County as anxiety rises

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 2:57 PM

Scott County awaits new word on safeguards that may be needed for mining frac sand.

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mercymeFeb. 20, 13 9:40 AM

Very interesting article. Makes one wonder why so little concern by the citizens of Scott Co. while all around them in Wisconsin and Minnesota people are joining up to, at the very least, request a moratorium be put on future mines until further studies have been made on public safety issues. Maybe they (Scott Co. citizens) trust their government so explicitly that they don't question government decisions or maybe they have been beaten down so many times they remain silent. According to what I have read in previous papers Scott Co. government seems more concerned about county attorney salaries, sheriff salaries, county commissioners working two government jobs etc., yet the public voted them all in again. Go figure! Lets hope the concerned citizens in the other areas of Minnesota and Wisconsin raise enough government interest for further studies on health and safety so Scott Co. can reap the rewards!!

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rebelskichickFeb. 20, 13 1:30 PM

From other articles it sounds like Scott County chose to take action on this matter unlike southern mn counties, that claim they do not have the resources. They hired their own experts etc to work up plans which made this site the most monitored in the state. Sounds to me like they took action to work though the issues without resorting all their time/energy on recruiting the state to help.

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mercymeFeb. 20, 13 3:15 PM

rebelskichick do you actually think Scott County has more expertise than the State of MN? The Scott Co. expert was an engineer from the mine itself. I will give them credit for leaving the agreement open ended so they can add restrictions to it as they are needed or required by the State. Purely common sense! Just what other action did Scott County take? Read todays article in the Star and Trib.

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47BINDERFeb. 20, 13 6:13 PM

This mining operation has been operating, off and on, for at least 20 years. Scott County has had a lot experience in this type of operation.

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nuts4uFeb. 20, 13 8:31 PM

Has anyone taken the time to look at what that does to the land? I mean, really look? Has anyone actually listened or talked to the people who are suffering thru these mines present day? Does anyone who thinks it's a-ok actually live by, get their water from the area or have to drive on the roads dodging gravel trucks on a daily basis? Probably not. It's oh so easy to say what should and shouldn't be going on as long as it doesn't affect your daily living and isn't in your backyard. How many more industries do we need to have that are allowed to self regulate and then years later some light bulb goes on in some polititians mind and then we scream and cry that they are polluting the air, food and water? By then it's too late and people, actual living and breathing people, are harmed. But oh well, dollars in the pockets. As long as it's not your family/kid being effected. Having said that, Jordan deserves to have that mine and all the pollution it will bring. The brilliant leaders in that town are patting themselves on the back for putting police in the schools just in case of the one in one million chance that some crazed student decides to shoot up the school meanwhile they allow a mercury emitting crematory to burn bodies in their historic downtown across the street from a daycare. I guess those kids aren't worth protecting. None of them are council or good old boy's kids. Bravo.

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familyguy01Feb. 21, 13 7:07 AM

As a resident of Scott...I DON"T CARE!!!! It will supplement jobs, taxes, commerce, trade, etc.. Of course you'll probably say I don't care about the environment of my health. Well, the environment has survived for thousands of years and my health...well we all know that is a crapshoot.

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rebelskichickFeb. 21, 13 7:14 AM

mercyme- where is your infromation from? strictly the trib? Maybe you should talk to the county...This site was mined in the 80's as 47binder says and i agree, the county has alot of experience in this type of operation.

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shakopeeguyFeb. 25, 13 8:22 AM

As a resident of Scott county and small business owner, I'm very concerned about this operation. There are significant and known health risks associated with environmental exposure of fine particulate matter (think similar to asbestos). Silica mining is not simply digging for "sand". It generates significant amounts of fine particulate matter. Where things are a bit concerning is that we don't yet known all of the associated risks specifically around silica mining. In other words, we know that silica mining generates lots of particulate matter and many studies show an increase of health issues around particulate matter. However we don't have data that has specifically researched silica mining. But logically there will be some health risk. FYI, I am an entrepreneur with a degree in a scientific field. My wife is a medical professional. I actually read all of the proposals around this mine and was not satisfied that they are going to sufficiently mitigate the health risks associated with this operation. A lot of this was done under the radar. Residents were not really given the opportunity to be heard in any meaningful way IMHO. In fact, you hear about the Red Wing operations but no one really discusses this operation and the local paper has been very quiet about this.

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rebelskichickFeb. 26, 13 7:51 AM

shakopeeguy...how did you miss the notices in the local paper, the trib, fox 9,the county website? You cannot say you were not informed...honestly.

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mylittleidMar. 1, 13 7:59 PM

rebelskichick - "where is your infromation from? strictly the trib? Maybe you should talk to the county" --- Yes, let's ask the county for an honest evaluation of how the county is handling this issue. That makes sense.

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