Wisconsin bluff towns trying to ban frac-sand mining along Lake Pepin

  • Article by: Tony Kennedy , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 22, 2013 - 9:56 PM

A proposed Pepin County ordinance would ban frac-sand mining along a scenic stretch of Wisconsin bluff.

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exrepublicanMay. 22, 1310:59 PM

How about a nice sand mine right in the middle of Waukesha County where so many of the rich Republicans live. They want more oil to refine for their SUV, let's start drilling next to their million-dollar home.

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milkman53May. 23, 13 5:50 AM

I thought Wisconsin was "open for business"; part of the drill baby drill crowd. Maybe just hypocrites.

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arspartzMay. 23, 13 6:24 AM

The old Jedi mind trick, "Those aren't the jobs we're looking for."

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zyxwvuMay. 23, 13 6:57 AM

It's a beautiful stretch of road from Bay City down to Nelson. Lots of scenic stops along the lake and some real nice shops and restaurants. 35 isn't built for heavy trucks nor are any of the county roads off the lake. It's a great ride on the motorcycle. frac sanding will ruin all of it.

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EleanoreMay. 23, 13 7:33 AM

So ban it. Counties can ban the trucks on the roads, permitting entities can establish permits then deny them within specified zones. There are lots of ways to allow mining while keeping it from areas you don't want to allow it in.

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rlwr51May. 23, 13 8:21 AM

Good idea - put a weight limit those roads and don't upgrade them. . . This is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Don't ruin it.

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rlwr51May. 23, 13 8:23 AM

Where will we live,what will we do, what will we eat, drink, see hear, smell once we have turned everything into money?

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EWernerMay. 23, 13 8:24 AM

If allowed to mine frac sand then obligate the companies to restore the area to a certain standard when they are done. What is also at stake here is what will these areas look like when it is all over. Because lets face it once the shale in the oil fields are broken up there is no more need for sand.

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scubadoo68May. 23, 13 9:15 AM

I'm glad I work for a company that actually gives back to the community rather then take. There are ethical ways to do frac mining and this isn't one of them. Personally, I think frac mining is curing a symptom, not the problem.

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beautyehMay. 23, 13 9:20 AM

@EWerner Having seen what companies do when required to mitigate wetlands they damage with similar types I can tell you restoration of an area will never make it look the same.

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