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Letter about Senator Miller does one thing & says another

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

We already know from Wisconsin that frac sand mining will turn our rural communities into industrial zones. We will be left with nothing but destroyed roads and polluted water and air. Profit will go into the pockets of outside investors who bankroll the operations.

I live close to beautiful Garvin Brook near Farmer’s Park. I was angry when Senator Miller spoke against provisions to protect our trout streams. It was unbelievable that our senator from SE Minnesota cast the vote that killed these provisions. He never offered a counter proposal. He didn’t have his own amendment. He just killed the common sense legislation that Senator Schmit proposed to prohibit mining within a mile of trout streams. Experts from the DNR and Trout Unlimited supported Senator Schmit on these issues.

This is one of the most important issues facing our community. A community Senator Miller is supposed to be representing. He let us down. Even with opposition Senator Schmit kept on fighting. Senator Schmit, ultimately, got some good provisions passed. These provisions will make a difference if state agencies implement the new laws effectively.

Senator Miller claims that, “We worked together to create a reasonable bipartisan approach…” The fact is that Senator Miller’s only work on this issue was to speak and vote against the vision Senator Schmit has for SE Minnesota. Schmit understands people and community. Now that something has passed that will help, Miller stands up and tries to take credit for someone else’s work. Senator Miller ignored his constituents this whole session and pushed the agenda of the frac sand industry. He now wants us to think otherwise, but we are not fooled.

Barb Nelson

Lewiston, MN

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