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Frac sand mining in SE Minnesota...

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

This letter is to express my strong objection of frac sand mining here in southeastern Minnesota. As a resident of rural Fillmore County my potential for being heavily impacted by this activity is very high. Frac sand mining is nothing more than a man made ecological disaster. Most of the proposed sites are underlaid with a very porous layer of Karst limestone. We are very fortunate that much of this is covered with heavy layers of sand. This sand provides an excellent filtration system keeping ground water pollution from entering our precious aquifers. If you want a perfect example of the potential problems created by this activity, just go back to 1970 when the city of Rochester built a landfill with unsealed cells on top of a Karst limestone deposit in Oronoco Township and created a superfund site for the rest of us to clean up. This in itself should be enough to require strict environmental impact studies rigorously enforced by the State of Minnesota. To push the studies and moratoriums off on the townships and counties who are ill equipped for this kind of activity is a breach of responsibility on the part of the state government and its regulatory commissions. Sincerely,

James L. Hoffman

Chatfield, MN

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