From: Daryl Kramer
Tom Bice’s letter regarding Trempealeau County frac sand mining mentioned that misinformation “was used by about 100 people, who simply don’t like it” to “get” nearly 1000 people to sign a petition. The signatures actually came easily without any choreographed search or arm-twisting. There seems to be overwhelming sentiment toward slowing and scrutinizing frac sand mining in our county, where we already have over 25% of the mines in the state and no foreseeable limit. Where is the county-wide consensus that shows support for increased sand mining?
Reducing valid citizen concerns to some perceived arbitrary negative whim (“simply don’t like it”) is demeaning and misleading. The cited 96% “support” for the new mining ordinance did not reveal that it was an ultimatum - a grossly inadequate ordinance or nothing - AND many of those “supporters” simultaneously called for a moratorium as their preferred choice. Stating that there are “regulations” fails to reveal that outdated ones cannot justifiably apply to large industrial mines, or that existing regulation loopholes are already showing visible results. There was no mention of the concerns other county board members openly expressed about people not being represented. The moratorium failed by an 8-8 vote! Does half of the county board represent only 100 people?
Trempealeau County is experiencing a climate in which common sense and fair representation of all citizens is being undermined and/or circumvented by a few who don’t seem to operate within the realm of public interest. This tends to be a growing phenomenon.