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To the Editor:

On Jan. 18, I will be at the Land Stewardship Project Citizens’ Frac Sand Summit in Winona, Minn. The summit, which is from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tau Center, will bring citizens together to build knowledge to keep frac sand mining from destroying our communities.

I urge everyone concerned about the threat of frac sand mining to join me.

Through connecting with others, we can have a positive impact on protecting our community assets and our social, economic and natural environments.

When I look across the Mississippi River to Wisconsin I see the harm that frac sand mining brings to rural communities.

The model of this industry is to profit at the expense of local communities. It destroys our farmland, pollutes our air and water, and destroys our roads, all while sending much of the profit to out of state investors.

We have to stand up to this industry and keep it from destroying the successful economy that we have built in our region. Two of our most important economic drivers — agriculture and tourism — are simply not compatible with industrial-scale, round-the-clock strip mining, processing or transporting.

At the summit two experts will be presenting on the critical issue of air pollution from silica dust. Long-term exposure to silica can cause silicosis, an incurable and fatal disease. Dr. Michael McCawley of the School of Public Health at West Virginia University is a nationally recognized expert on ambient air quality monitoring and assessing risk to human health. Dr. Crispin Pierce is director of the Environmental Public Health Program at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is doing particulate and silica health research related to frac sand mining, processing and transportation. I have been fortunate to hear both men speak before and they have a lot of great information to share.

I invite you to go to the Land Stewardship Project’s website at http://www.landstewardshipproject.org for all the details and to register or call 612-722-6377. 

Lynn Schoen

Wabasha

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