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Citizen’s report calls for frac sand environmental impact statement to be rigorous and comprehensive


Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

LEWISTON, Minn. - An upcoming environmental review of the biggest frac sand mining project ever proposed in southeast Minnesota must not only examine impacts on air, water and economics, but should also require full disclosure of the proposers’ business ties and track record, says a new report released today by the Land Stewardship Project (LSP). Such a review must also be conducted by independent experts with no ties to the proposers or the frac sand industry in general, concludes The People’s EIS Scoping Report. This report was compiled by LSP from the comments of the 100 participants in the People’s EIS Kickoff Meeting held in Rushford, Minn., in July 2013.

“Southeast Minnesotans understand that the frac sand industry ultimately benefits oil and gas corporations, not our local communities,” said Bonita Underbakke, an LSP member who lives in rural Fillmore County near Lanesboro, Minn. “We’re concerned about the impacts on our existing economic drivers like agriculture and tourism.”

The report addresses the necessary scope and depth of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) soon to be underway on the frac sand mining project proposed by Minnesota Sands, LLC. This proposal calls for the development of 11 mine sites in Fillmore, Houston and Winona counties. Under Minnesota law, an EIS must consider not only the environmental impacts of a project, but also its economic, employment and sociological effects. This level of review is mandatory for the Minnesota Sands project, since it includes the proposed mining of 615.31 total acres, well over the threshold of 160 acres for which an EIS is required. The EIS must be completed before any unit of government may make a decision on whether to issue a permit for any part of the proposed project.

The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is the state agency responsible for carrying out the EIS on the Minnesota Sands project. The EQB is made up of the commissioners of nine state departments or agencies (from Administration to Transportation) along with five citizen members. The EQB has not yet released any draft scoping document detailing the particular impacts it proposes to study within the EIS.

The citizens’ report released today serves as the people’s scoping document, describing the specific impacts of the proposed project which must, at minimum, be studied if the EIS is to serve the public interest, according to Johanna Rupprech .....
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Days are getting shorter. Nights are getting cooler. Leaves are starting to change color. Birds and butterflies are beginning to migrate south. Autumn is upon us once again, and with it comes t ..... 
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Discover the ways to fireproof a home

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

A house fire can engulf and destroy a home in a matter of minutes. Even with the fast-acting response of firefighters, a home that has caught fire may be irreparably damaged by flames, soot and water. Fire is no laughing matter, and it behooves home ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator Recycling at the Fillmore County Fair was very successful again this year. It has been estimated that somewhere between 6,000 and 7,000 beverage bottles and cans were collected and recycled. A ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator I am often asked where all the stuff that is found here in the Recycling Center comes from. The shortest and easiest answer is homes and businesses of Fillmore County. Tons and tons of recycla ..... 
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Alliant Energy reminds Minnesota residents on 8/11 to call 811 before digging

Mon, Aug 12th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ALBERT LEA, Minn. - Aug. 9, 2013 – With August 11 almost here, Alliant Energy hopes this date on the calendar, 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for everyone to call 811 before they dig. Calling 811 helps prevent potentially dangerous accide ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator I am often asked where all the stuff that is found here in the Recycling Center comes from. The shortest and easiest answer is homes and businesses of Fillmore County. Tons and tons of recycla ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator I am often asked where all the stuff that is found here in the Recycling Center comes from. The shortest and easiest answer is homes and businesses of Fillmore County. Tons and tons of recycla ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson, Recycling Education Coordinator From time to time, residents of Fillmore County ask me about common household items that are NOT recyclable. This article will deal with many of them and why they should be landfilled rather ..... 
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