Good jobs hang in the balance of Minnesota's frac sand debate

  • Article by: Tony Kennedy , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 25, 2013 - 9:03 PM

Not everyone has complaints in the tug of war over Minnesota’s economy, quality of life.

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mrprogressiveMar. 25, 13 9:13 PM

Every time there is a Frac sand or oil article here there are disparaging comments regarding non college educated people. Two things to keep in mind are that not everyone wants to go to college. Another is having job diversity, including manufacturing and trade jobs is good for a stable economy. Just because these people don't match you're lifestyle does not make them any less of a person.

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fishbachMar. 25, 13 9:21 PM

Any job related to frac extraction is a BAD job because the frac process damages the environment and is harmful to the health of humans.

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kessdizzle20Mar. 25, 13 9:24 PM

Thankfully there are people out there who realize there are more important things than jobs.

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huggybear28Mar. 25, 13 9:30 PM

I cannot believe the DFL has not proposed a tax on this yet... I would have thought they would have been scrambling to think about all of the ways they could tax sand mining.

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supervon2Mar. 25, 13 9:40 PM

I've watched sand pulled out of Ottawa (in Le Sueur Country, not Le Sueur)and the jobs and rewards it has provided to the workers and the schools over the years. And since 1942 that sand has been used in toothpaste, cleansers, polish, makeup and well drilling, not to mention the tons of seconds (lower quality) that were sent to sandboxes for kids all over the midwest. I'll defend them to the bitter end over the same people who sawed down electric poles and protested everything from soup to nuts to keep our country strong and working. Problem?

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pinelakelindMar. 25, 13 9:45 PM

I know we need jobs but we have to consider the effects on the environment and nature before we sign on to more sand mining. There are some very negative studies that are quite discouraging. We have a lot to lose in our state and I worry about the future generations dealing with the destroying of nature and the enviroment taking place in Mn. I have lost trust in the businesses that are pushing themselves into our state.

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garcialaterMar. 25, 13 9:46 PM

When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.

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sarahanneMar. 25, 1310:06 PM

There is great concern about passing government debt to our children. But we have no problem passing down a poor environment to our children.

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overlandMar. 25, 1310:23 PM

We also have to be mindful of the big fracking picture, we're certainly in the "overproduction" cycle now, with fracking operations backing off to let supply sell off. Frac sand market is slower. Given the environmental and health issues, and that once the damage is done, it's done, we need to look at how long that "frac rush" would last and whether it's worth the impacts.

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FrankLMar. 25, 1310:23 PM

Come on people, we are talking about digging sand out of the ground, not uranium. There are no health effects since the sand is not part of the water table. You are not digging a mine that penetrates the water table, it is surface sand, no different than the gravel quarry found in most neighborhoods. The fact is that once the sand and gravel are taken out, the land can be used for productive purposes, such as Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove.

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