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Letter about frac sand moratorium

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

What Moratorium? The definition of this term we read is: mor-a-to-ri-um. n, a suspension of activity. My wife and I attended the July 18 Fillmore County Board of Commissioners Meeting having been told that frac sand mining regulations were being drafted and that the one year “moratorium” was being side-stepped. We thought the only movement on this subject during the moratorium was to be investigative in nature; the history and effects of existing operations in other regions, the potential of the same in Fillmore County and, more importantly, whether to become complicit with this extreme and destructive technology at all!

Our informant was correct. The county is drafting mining regulation changes leading to the assumption that the only concerns being addressed are of an operational nature, not ethical or moral and certainly nothing in the realm of legacy. We think the price our children and all future generations will pay tomorrow for today’s extreme oil extraction methods are already too high. We are unashamed proponents of: “The needs of the many outweigh the wants of the few, assuring a future for all filled with abundance.” Oil is running out. This generation’s efforts, resources and vision need to be funneled into alternative energies and 100 mpg vehicles now to make oil the secondary energy source it is destined to become in reasonable and controlled stages. Ego and money MUST become secondary to cooperation and legacy; short term gain supplanted by lasting values. This is truly an issue challenging our wisdom and survivability as a species. Citizens can and must do their part. We CAN affect changes to the big picture with choices in our own lives, including non-cooperation with unhealthy ideas and advocacy of healthy ones. Think deeply, think big, speak, act!

Robert and Monica Hatch

Lanesboro, MN

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