State frac sand bill seeks taxes and minimum standards for regulation

  • Article by: Tony Kennedy , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 26, 2013 - 6:49 AM

Southeastern Minnesota would get a silica sand board and taxes from industry under a bill in the Legislature.

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supervon2Feb. 25, 13 5:31 PM

Adding taxes. So that is what all the Bruhaha is about. Other than that, it's just sand. Nothing else. Oh, BTW, when it's pulverized to a fine dust it is dangerous. That's why they put it in toothpaste, cleansers,etc. Really bad for your health.

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bulldog93Feb. 25, 13 6:19 PM

Keep taxing this natural resource and I'm sure the sand will eventually be cheaper to import from overseas!

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fwallenFeb. 25, 13 6:31 PM

Land of ten thousand regulations. I can't wait to get out of here.

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fwallenFeb. 25, 13 6:34 PM

I heard one concern was the " damage to roads". Roads are already in trouble and paid for with fuel taxes and other sources. It would be a major mistake to Start singling out industries for road damage.

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kpbartFeb. 25, 13 6:51 PM

And where does the money come from to pay for this board that will oversee the fracking? Spend spend spend

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falcon1681Feb. 25, 13 6:53 PM

Lets see, which does more damage to a road, a passenger car or a 10 ton gravel hauler......

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yardboyFeb. 25, 13 7:01 PM

"Land of ten thousand regulations." And 10,000 Taxes!

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theruntFeb. 25, 13 7:10 PM

They're hauling truckoads of Minnesota to another state. And they shouldn't pay?

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jpcooperFeb. 25, 13 7:13 PM

Wow!, Democtats found something else to tax ? Never saw this coming!

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norshorejFeb. 25, 13 7:25 PM

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand it seems like the state is looking for another source of revenue,don't trust their judgement when money is involved. I don't trust them for that reason. Also, I have family in Williston ND that tells me while the economy is terrific there with the oil boom, the quality of life that they have enjoyed is suffering in some part because of the reduced quality of their water supply and the change of the landscape. Hopefully, the sand mining wont forever change the landscape of that very beautiful part of the state forever for the benefit of a few and the state coffers.

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