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Letter: League again tackles sand issues

To the Editor:

On Thursday Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., the League of Women Voters in Red Wing is holding a forum "to create awareness of the many efforts by citizens and all levels of government to address concerns and strengthen regulations to protect against damage by frac sand operations."

The League planned the forum to follow the County's Dec. 3 vote on the August petition by Save-the-Bluffs, a local citizen's group, for a Silica Sand and Resource Protection Overlay District, and an economic cost/benefit analysis. But a week after the league announced the forum, the county moved the public hearing to 3 p.m. Thursday — three hours prior to the forum.

This is the second forum held by the League in Red Wing. The first was two years ago when the issue was just coming into focus. Since then, the county has voted three times in favor of a moratorium preventing frac sand mining in the Goodhue County, but only with heavy pressure from citizens.

This forum focuses on the ways local governments are trying to protect citizens’ health, welfare and safety. The panelists represent Lake City, Red Wing, Maiden Rock, Pepin County and the Land Stewardship Project.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the panelists from 6 to 6:30pm. Panelists will be seated by 6:30 for introductions. The forum will be held at the Goodhue County Historical Society, 1166 Oak St.

Amy Nelson

Red Wing