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Letter about Miller’s actions

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

In this time of crisis, Southeast Minnesota deserves leadership to provide strong protections against the ravages of industrial-scale frac sand mining. Not only is Sen. Jeremy Miller not leading, he is an obstructionist to meaningful legislation.

Sen. Matt Schmit of Red Wing, working with Trout Unlimited, proposed provisions to protect Trout Streams in Southeast Minnesota from the frac sand industry. The protections in the Game and Fish Policy Bill--Senate File 796--would include: a mile setback from trout streams; a limit on how much groundwater frac sand facilities could use; a prohibition on mining within 25 feet of the water table. Even DNR Commissioner Landwehr testified that we need these provisions to protect trout streams. Despite this, Sen. Miller cast the deciding vote to kill these provisions.

Karst matters. Our area has some of the best trout streams in the country because of the pristine cold water springs that come with karst geology. Frac sand mining threatens to pollute this water and also disrupt the flow of springs in ways that could raise water temperature. This is death to trout!

Trout fishing brings over $1.1 billion to our driftless region every year. Think of the jobs provided! Our state has invested millions in stocking and protecting these streams. Yet Miller’s obstructionism means this revenue is put at risk and the investment dollars are trashed.

I suppose Miller’s actions should not come as a surprise. He doesn’t seem inclined to protect citizens--the air we breathe, the water we drink, the roads we drive on, our home values and quality of life--so why would he care about trout?

Please call Sen. Miller at 651-296-5649 and let him know that you want him to side with his constituents and not frac sand special interests.

Donna Buckbee

Rushford, MN


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2:22:20, May 3rd 2013

Remark1976 says:
Mrs. Buckbee, how do you come up with $1.1 billion that trout fishing brings to our driftless region every year?


2:41:47, May 3rd 2013

Remark1976 says:
Mrs. Buckbee, I just looked up Senate File 796 and in it there are said provisions regarding no mining within 25 feet of the water table. I'd like to know where you got your information as to how Sen. Miller cast the deciding vote to kill that provision when it clearly shows that the bill was amended to include said provision.