From: Daryl Kramer
Frac sand mining has become a prevalent and divisive issue in Trempealeau County. It has grown rapidly as the potential to make money has pre-empted consideration of the entire county and all citizens. Some people still know little of it due to lack of information to the general public. Some are calling to slow the process, gather information, and establish parameters so mining occurs in a manner that will mesh with the landís aesthetic beauty, minimally impact citizenís desired lifestyle, preserve our resources (other than sand), and protect the health and welfare of all residents. County representatives have expressed clear concerns that little regard was given to the industryís cumulative overall effect on the human condition in our county. County board members also questioned why our Health Department and other potentially helpful advisory resources were not involved or consulted, as the industryís impact was imminent.
On Monday, August 19, there will be an opportunity for Trempealeau County to take a pause from confusion, division, lack of information, and conflicting information as the county Health Department and its board will recommend a moratorium on frac sand mining to address the multiple issues regarding it. Please voice support for our county health representativesí recommendation. Call your local district supervisor to register support for the moratorium or visit the Trempealeau County government website and e-mail support to the Health Department so this industry can be managed with the greater good in mind.