Pepin County: A ready template for sand mine regulation

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 4, 2013 - 6:11 PM

Pepin County’s pioneering ordinance may be model for Minnesota.

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supervon2Jul. 4, 13 7:18 PM

You know, the area that they put that town on used to be real pretty before the people moved in. Maybe you could return that stretch of land to its original beauty.

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truthtimeJul. 4, 13 9:53 PM

Before all the right wing "drill Baby, drill"ers get in a lather, they should understand that a lot of this new oil frac sand us making possible won't be refined to go in their huge pickups and SUVs. Like a lot of the oil that would use the Canadian pipeline, it is headed overseas, likely South American and Central America. Oil companies don't want to flood the American market with new oil and see prices slip. There are profits in high prices.

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johnmplsJul. 4, 1311:01 PM

Great job Pepin County! You have every right to keep industries out that you don't want, and protect your way of life!.....BUT since you are currently the number 3 county in terms of amount of money you get from the state vs. the amount you pay in, please be aware that we in the rest of the state are getting more than a little tired of all the excuses you have not to make money.

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gobigblueJul. 4, 1311:35 PM

Yes, punish the smallest county in WI for not wanting to gut the only long term industry they have , tourism. When the frac sand miners go bankrupt, leave the area a strip mined moonscape ( the sad fate of my birthplace Buffalo County) Pepin County's neighbors will understand the wisdom of their choice. Mining always goes bust, always, and since western WI has already lost most of its farming infrastructure to corporate agribusiness, its going to be a dark time when the other shoe finally drops. Beyond that, the deep fractures in what were once tight knit small communities will likely never heal as those who reaped huge dividends from being lucky enough to own sand underlaid property become further removed socially and economically from what will become the most impoverished area of the state. As always, greed destroys again.

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shushyn78Jul. 5, 13 6:18 AM

Walked around Stockholm yesterday. Sounded like I was in Sturgis during the motorcycle rally. Hmmm, the next shoe to drop?

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FrankLJul. 5, 13 7:30 AM

truthtime, you seem to forget that there is a little law in the way that prohibits exporting US crude. We do not have jurisdiction over Canadian crude.

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mhazzardJul. 5, 13 9:07 AM

Pavillion, Wyoming groundwater destroyed by fracking no relief for residents caught in red tape between state and feds...

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FreeMplsJul. 5, 1312:01 PM

I don't place much credence in the local or state sponsored regulatory regimes; especially as it concerns mining. Near as I can tell - with the MPCA and the DNR - it's all whim and fancy. I ran a mining operation that was required by state regulators to return surface runoff to a Minnesota prairie river in a condition that was 8 times cleaner than this river's natural upstream condition. Never mind that this river scoured miles of clay lined banks creating suspended silt in the most expected of ways. This cost us thousands every year. Meanwhile the farmer next door spread tons of manure on his field with impunity.

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arspartzJul. 5, 13 2:40 PM

Yes, punish the smallest county in WI for not wanting to gut the only long term industry they have , tourism.

That industry is not paying the bills. The county needs to find a better source of income and economy to survive. Unless you believe in LGA, where the people that allow development should be required to pay the costs of someone else's Mayberry lifestyle.

Also, I don't care it the oil is shipped overseas. The money paid for the SAND remains local and employes people, just like the temporary make work jobs created by stimulus. Except this money is not coming from my pocket at the point of an IRS gun. BTW: fracking is what is driving down the cost of natural gas.

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hrearden57Jul. 5, 13 4:20 PM

More regulations. Just what we need.

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