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Letter: Join Save-the-Bluffs and speak out against frac sand mining

To the Editor:

The July 17 front page Republican Eagle stated the Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission voted not to extend the county’s mining moratorium. “All that remains is final approval by County Board for the moratorium to automatically, expire Sept. 6.”

People from Save-the-Bluffs and other residents oppose this decision. They consider the reasons of health, environment, tourism and problems with road conditions if frac sand mining is implemented in Goodhue County.

Bill Mavity, a retired Twin Cities attorney who now resides in Stockholm, Wis., and serves on the County Board there, has been instrumental in implementing a free frac sand mining zone along the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin. It is a 12-mile stretch in the Pepin/Stockholm area that prides itself with the beauty of the bluffs and Lake Pepin.

Mavity has been complimented in the Minneapolis Star Tribune for his courage and persistence with this endeavor.

The July 13 Star Tribune elaborated on the problems in Wisconsin. It quoted: “The industry just came on too fast, said Ruth King, a storm water specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, ‘I wish we could turn back the clock a couple of years and start over.’”

The article elaborates on the growing unstable piles of sand waste and illicit wastewater runoff.

If the Wisconsin DNR is expressing concern, why are we not paying attention to their experience with the complications of frac sand mining?

Our Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission and the Mining Study Committee should represent the people of our county. There have been many meetings during which there have been many, many residents objecting to frac sand mining in our area. I have attended several of these meetings and encountered few proponents of sand mining.

The moratorium will automatically expire is Sept. 6. The public hearing before the County Board potentially makes a final vote on the fate of the mining moratorium is 10 a.m. Aug. 6 at 10 a.m. in Room 301 of the Government Center.

Once again, let the people of Goodhue County stand up and speak out against frac sand mining.

Lynne Rigg

Red Wing