sand mining

Vinehout: “Why Should Politicians in Madison Control our Communities?”

Linda Kleinschmidt
Chief of Staff

Office of State Senator Kathleen Vinehout
22 South State Capitol - PO Box 7882
Madison, WI  53707-7882
608-266-8546
1-877-763-6636

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                           CONTACT:

October 17, 2013                                        Sen. Kathleen Vinehout

         608-266-8546

 

Vinehout: “Why Should Politicians in Madison Control our Communities?”

Senator Kathleen Vinehout’s statement on release of a sand mine bill that rolls back local powers:

“Why should politicians in Madison control our communities? They don’t live here.”

 “Senator Tiffany’s bill takes away people’s ability to protect against a health threat or an extreme nuisance. Should mining companies blast on Sunday? Should they be able to tear up the road driving 400 trucks a day past the school? Should people have local protection so their wells don’t dry up?

“If mining companies can’t convince their neighbors that this is a good thing, why should Madison politicians get involved?”

“I don’t know why any legislator from western Wisconsin would turn control over our land to politicians in Madison.”

Sen. Vinehout represents the 31st Senate District which has more frac sand mines than any other region of the state.

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Stand Against the Sand Storm

Date: 
Sat, 06/01/2013 - 9:30am

A REGIONAL CONFERENCE IS COMING TO WISCONSIN!

YOU ARE INVITED TO BLACK RIVER FALLS, WISCONSIN ON SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2013

SPONSORED BY WISCONSIN GRASSROOTS NETWORK FOR ALL WHO WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT
FRAC SAND ISSUES AND ACTIONS!

STANDING AGAINST THE SAND STORM!

SEE THE ATTACHMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION

DISTRIBUTE THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO OTHERS!

Sand mining companies form a trade group

Four of the sand mining companies with involvement in Wisconsin have formed a trade association.  These are mostly fairly well-established companies in the state, and include some of those that have been more responsible. It will be interesting to follow this group and see what they do in the next legislative session.

Wisconsin's chaotically fast-growing sand mining industry took a step toward stricter self-regulation Tuesday with the public rollout of a new statewide member organization formed by a handful of the industry's top players.

Sand Mining Forum - River Falls

Date: 
Sun, 08/19/2012 (All day)
*Public Forum at UUSRF in River Falls, August 19th - 12 noon
                                   "Sand Frac Mining: Understanding Community Impacts" 
  
Driven by demand in the gas and oil industry, a "frac-sand rush" is occurring in many areas of our region, bringing both 
benefits and challenges to our communities, environment and l

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.

Grantsburg sand mine berm fails, leaks into St. Croix, possibly for 3 days

And so it begins - the environmental issues the sand companies claim will not happen.  And they didn't notice till a citizen found it.

GRANTSBURG—A berm built to contain the sediment of a silica sand (frac sand) washing pond failed at Interstate Energy Partners frac sand mine in Grantsburg, resulting in sediment running off site, and eventually into the St. Croix River. 

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.

WPR - The West Side -- On Fracking and sand mining

Date: 
Thu, 11/03/2011 - 5:00pm

Thursday, November 3, 2011: A study concerning frac sand mining and its affect on groundwater in Chippewa County will be discussed on The West Side this Thursday. Tune in this Thursday, November 3 at 5 p.m. on 88.3 WHWC/ Menomonie-Eau Claire.

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