Southeastern Minnesota asks state for frac sand help

  • Article by: Tony Kennedy , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2013 - 6:27 AM

Small governments in southeastern Minnesota seek state help on studying and regulating mining, with calls for a moratorium.

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conjuringFeb. 20, 13 9:26 AM

I find it interesting that Mr Caron from Tiller Corporation would be advocating in such a public way. His company is now in litigation with the WI Dept of Justice for a spill into the St. Croix River. This spill was investigated by four environmental departments including the US Fish and Wildlife Service because this river is part of National Scenic Riverway. This spill was found days later by a hiker. His remark according to a news article was that his workers must have missed it (the spill). Good Grief, Man, don't you think that you should 'lay low'? It is this arrogance that is so disturbing to so many people. I'm really confident in the many laws that MN has in controling this industry; not really... It's up to the industry to help in monitoring, or may be not, as every major problem in mining in WI has been found by a hiker.

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TNELSON2003Feb. 20, 13 9:57 AM

Millions of gallons of drinking water will be mixed with chemicals will be used by these mines to wash the sand which then will soak back into the ground for us all to drink. The ultra fine silica sand is a carcinogen & wind can carry it up to 5 miles.The proposed loading facility in St Charles, MN would handle up to 1200 truck trips per day. We need proper regulations based on current science to protect the water & the citizens of S.E. MN. A years moratorium on new mines to allow the state to gather the data needed is not a large burden on the multi-national industries proposing these mines. After all the sands not going anywhere, it will still be there next year...

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clarysageFeb. 20, 13 1:49 PM

I have no confidence that the government agencies and law makers will make the correct decisions for The People. Follow the money. Government allows polluting business to police and regulate themselves and cries that they don't have enough employees to do the job. Has anyone taken a look at the phone list of employees that work for The Department of Health? I think the State has enough employees just not enough common sense. These mines are BIG money for local/county governments so that they can continue to feed the beast; themselves. Scott County is chomping at the bit to get these mines up and running in spite of local opposition and promises from the mining companies that all will be well. Since when has that happened?

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native4sure3Feb. 20, 13 2:11 PM

Capitalist Greed,thats all this is.Like i said before,if your sick and tired of looking at all that beautiful land sell or give it back to the Native Americans,they'll use the land properly like they allways have!

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mercymeFeb. 20, 13 2:58 PM

Another excuse for the Minnesota Dept. of Health to hire more people to do more studies. Don't just check out the phone list ( which is approx. 1450 phone lines) check out the budget for the Dept. of Health which is approx. 1.2 billion dollars. Mind boggling!! "And they are definitely lacking information in areas of air and water pollutants germane to frac sand mining and processing" said the assistant commissioner of the MN Dept. of Health. Why? I ask! Especially taking into consideration that Minnesota has decades of experience regulating limestone, gravel, rock and industrial sand. Cancer causing carcinogens, another scary thought, but please, please don't make the industry feel picked on and by all means let them monitor themselves at the risk of the citizens. Scott Co.only saw the dollar signs $$$$$ and have their heads buried in the frac sand. Hmmmmmmm maybe one of the reasons Scott Co. is at a standstill as far as growth goes. Hopefully the diligent citizens of surrounding Minnesota and Wisconsin raise enough government interest to further studies on the health and safety of these frac sand mines and Scott Co. citizens will also be able to reap the rewards.

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bulldog93Feb. 25, 13 7:30 PM

Don't worry the hydraulic fracturing industry will find the appropriate sand from overseas sources and Mr. Gorman will get to see his precious robin eating a worm. In the mean time, SE Minnesota will miss out on the boom from mining this natural resource.

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