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Letter about frac sand


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Canton Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

I am concerned this frac sand business is capable of getting so big so fast, that many people beyond the land owner and few workers will be greatly affected. That is why we need good solid information for the townships, counties, and states to decide what each community is willing or not willing to live with in their neighborhood. I want the infrastructure, environment, scenery, water, air, noise, property values to not be irreversibly damaged. I want our citizens to keep control, and not allow a business to rape oodles of acres in our area. For example, if we decide to allow this business, then lets limit the size and density of frac sand pits.

A positive viewpoint is important on this frac sand mining issue. I suggest this viewpoint includes good studies of the entire issue. This business would bring economic increases for some land owners, and decreases for neighboring owners. Some jobs may be created, and others may be lost if we lose people not wanting to visit, retire, or live here because of scenery, traffic, noise, water, or air issues. Trading asset values is an important balance.

I am a dairy farmer from Canton, and a long time member of Land Stewardship Project (LSP). LSP is conservation-minded farmers, rural citizens and urban supporters that value and work for healthy soils, clean water and air, opportunities for young farmers to get started, revitalizing rural economies, affordable health care for all, township rights, and the preservation of our beautiful landscapes.

Respectfully,

Bonnie Haugen

Canton, MN

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