Juneau County Board: Halt $64-Million bond to Shadowlands for FRAC Sand-mining Operation
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Juneau County Board: Halt $64-Million bond to Shadowlands for FRAC Sand-mining Operation

    1. Petition by

      Juneau Action Group

1. It's Financially Risky. If Shadowlands were to default on bond repayment, Juneau County could be named and involved in lawsuits and incur the costs of defending against them. Fracking and the industries that support it could be considered  a risky financial investment because of the environmental and public health concerns the industry is facing and the record low prices of natural gas. 

Read More:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/11/us-fracking-insurance-idUSBRE84A13R20120511

2. Tax-Exempt. Shadowlands would secure a tax-exempt status with issuance of the bond. 

3. Shadowlands doesn't need the money. The Star Times reported " A final no vote by supervisors on the borrowing plan is unlikely to halt the project. And Shadowland's Chief Financial Officer said, “It certainly can proceed without the county’s assistance," Bates said. “This is just a way to finance it.”" 

4. Health and Environmental Concerns are Serious. There is also the moral question of Juneau County sponsoring an industry so fraught with environmental concerns for their citizens. Trempeleau County is facing MAJOR run-off problems from sand-mining operations. In fact one resident’s home was completely washed away. When the DNR issued a citation the owners of the operation sold it and now there’s nothing but finger pointing. ”We’ve learned citations are pretty much ineffective for this industry”.
To read more about this:
http://news.wpr.org/post/trempealeau-cou”nty-frac-sand-site-ignores-dnr-sees-massive-runoff

Cancer, asthma and lung-related diseases are clearly increased by the presence of silica sand in the atmoshere and Wisconsin has NO sand air standards. The industry is moving quicker than or laws to protect its citizens.
http://ccc-wis.com/page8/page8.html

5. It's Boom or Bust. Though we could incur a temporary benefit from the boom (up to 50 jobs) the bust that historically follows a mining boom leaves communities devastated and can take decades to overcome. Mineral and sand extraction is land intensive contributing to significant environmental degradation.. This makes mining-dependent areas less attractive places to live, work, do business, and visit, depressing economic diversification and development.

To read more on this: http://www.wisconsinfarmersunion.com/webfiles/fnitools/documents/economics_of_frac_sand_mining.pdf

THERE IS NO BENEFIT TO JUNEAU COUNTY ISSUING THESE BONDS Tell the County Board of Supervisors to say NO! 

To:
Juneau County Board
Halt $64-Million bond to Shadowlands for FRAC Sand-mining Operation

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. YOUR EFFORTS MADE A DIFFERENCE!!!

      GOOD NEWS!
      Shadowland has withdrawn their request for bond funding for their frac sand mining operation through Juneau County. They are seeking private funding. Should this fail they reserve the right to re-apply.
      The really good news is that several board members talked about understanding the dangers wrapped around Frac Sand Mining and the need for more air and water monitoring. Several county board members are working out provisions to require Shadowland to hire an outside company to monitor air and water quality. There was even talk of developing a COUNTY PLAN to deal with the industry.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Bjorn Sjogren SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • 8 months ago

      Juneau county has one major attraction to people outside the county. And that is The beauty of the landscape. To destroy that and to impose health risks to its population for a short lived profit is just plain STUPIDITY

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    • John Allen BARABOO, WI
      • about 1 year ago

      They are our neighbors.

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    • Steven Cordero MAUSTON, WI
      • about 1 year ago

      We need to consider the effect it will have on the health of future generations vs. Some big company grabbing profits and destroying then enviorment !

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    • Barbara Hite NEW LISBON, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      In a nutshell, Because as far as I know, this is the only planet we have to live on and what we do to this planet directly affects everything that lives on this planet. Frac sand mining and Frac mining is just another bad choice being made for the well-being of the planet and everything on it now and for future generations!!!!!

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    • claire morkin CAMP DOUGLAS, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      Mining for "frac sand" uses as many toxic chemicals as actually fracing. This insanity needs to stop. It is shortsighted and extremely harmful to the environment. I urge everyone to watch the movie "Gasland" to see what our water may look like in the counties where these mines are allowed to exist. The "tax exempt" issue is preposterous and only adds insult to injury.

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