From: Travis Lange
Concerned Citizens for St. Charles
St. Charles, Minn.
On behalf of the Concerned Citizens for St. Charles, I would like to thank everyone that has volunteered their time and talents to help spread the knowledge that has made a significant positive impact on our community. Frac sand mining and frac sand processing has become the talk of the town.
There seems to be a belief among some that the organizations behind the mining and proposed processing plant have too much money, therefore, there is nothing we can do. The truth of the matter is, we have no idea how much money Minnesota Proppant has because they have not and will not disclose their investors.
An organized and motivated group of concerned citizens can make their collective voices heard. A group of concerned citizens joined forces with the school district in Cochrane-Fountain City and got their county officials to listen.
In Buffalo County, zoning officials denied permits for a 450-acre frac sand mine near the Town of Montana, Wisconsin, citing concerns from a group of citizens.
The city of Red Wing amended its zoning ordinances regulating the mining, transportation, and processing of silica sand because of continued opposition from an organized group of concerned citizens.
The city of Eau Claire rejected a rail spur frac sand transfer facility, that was expected to pass, just two weeks prior to the vote.
Trempealeau County denied a mining permit for the first time a few weeks ago.
Houston County Commissioners have requested a non-biased, third party review of a recent Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) submitted for a proposed mine near Rushford.
In Wisconsin, the state recently kicked off a five-year study of water quantity in areas of greatly expanded frac sand operations. In our very own Winona County, Commissioners recently voted to request an EAW on the proposed Nisbit mine. The concerned citizens for St. Charles emailed, called, and personally visited the commissioners to voice our concerns…it worked!
This is proof that a collective group of organized individuals can make their voices heard. I ask that you all continue to voice your concerns, talk to your friends, and ask your neighbors how they feel, discuss the proposed mines and processing facility with your family members, and let your elected officials know where you stand. Take the time to read the important pieces of information contained within the Dabelstein and Yoder EAW documents. The first thirty pages contain the bulk of information. The public comment period is limited to 30 days. Now is the time to ask your questions and demand answers. Is this what we want for our region? If not, get involved, make a difference, and take a stand. It’s not too late! There have been no mining permits granted. The EAW on the Minnesota Proppant facility has yet to be released. There’s plenty we can do.
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