How rural Wisconsin got fracked

Journalist Ellen Cantarow, writing at TomDispatch about the devastation to be caused by sand mines in rural Wisconsin.   This article mentions many of the people striving for sand mine regulation in western Wisconsin.

In this troubling spring, Wisconsin’s prairies and farmland fanned out to undulating hills that cradled the land and its people. Within their embrace, the rackety calls of geese echoed from ice-free ponds, bald eagles wheeled in the sky, and deer leaped in the brush. And for the first time in my life, I heard the thrilling warble of sandhill cranes.

Yet this peaceful rural landscape is swiftly becoming part of a vast assembly line in the corporate race for the last fossil fuels on the planet. The target: the sand in the land of the cranes.

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Sand mining to expand in Rice Lake area

This will be a summer of industrial construction in Northwestern Wisconsin, where frac sand companies are investing about a quarter-billion dollars into mines and processing plants just south of Rice Lake in Barron and Chippewa counties.

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WIsconsin League of Conservation Voters - Wetlands at Risk

Contact: Anne Sayers, Program Director, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

Wisconsin’s Outdoor Heritage in Limbo--

Senators Kedzie, Wanggaard, Galloway and Moulton

Vote to Fill Prized Hunting and Fishing Areas

Madison – Today, SB 368, a bill that impairs habitat prized by Wisconsin’s outdoorsmen, passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Senators Kedzie, Wanggaard, Galloway, and Moulton voted to uphold the measure.  They also voted against a series of amendments offered by other members of the committee to maintain environmental protections.

Wetlands provide critical habitat for some of Wisconsin’s best game species. SB 368 threatens hunting and fishing traditions, as well as Wisconsin’s tourism economy by:

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