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DENY APPROVAL OF PETITION TO REZONE FOR FRAC SAND FACILITIES AT 35 NEAR JJ.
  • Petitioned Pepin County Board (Wisconsin)

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Pepin County Board (Wisconsin)

DENY APPROVAL OF PETITION TO REZONE FOR FRAC SAND FACILITIES AT 35 NEAR JJ.

    1. carrie  shanahan
    2. Petition by

      carrie shanahan

      minneapolis, MN

Two years ago, Wisconsin had five frac sand mines and five processing facilities. Now it has 63 mines and 36 processing facilities, according to current DNR figures. The proposed would be a sand washing facility. For a quick (recent) look at some of the environmental dangers, see here:
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/18/environment/frac-sand-sediment-saint-croix-spill/
This new proposed frac sand facility would sit right on the doorstep of the Village of Stockholm, and on the shores of Lake Pepin at the site of the 1686 settlement of Fort Saint Antoine. The developers know that the area of the proposal is presently protected from industrial development by the Pepin County zoning codes for the Mississippi River bluff Land, shoreland/wetland and floodplain districts. They know it is is within the scenic easement for the Great River Road Scenic Byways and Highways. They also know that that there is a precedent for turning down this proposal; the County has denied variances and rezoning to at least three earlier commercial development proposals on or near this site. Of course they know that the entire proposed site also sits right on top of frac sand.
Please sign the petition to keep Lake Pepin and the Mississippi Riverway beautiful.

Also, add a reason if you're so inclined because it will help make the argument. Thank you!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 1,000 signatures reached, petition printed and delivered. Thank you!

      carrie  shanahan
      Petition Organizer

      Our huge and heartfelt thanks to all who signed, and shared thoughts- we had a long meeting this afternoon in Stockholm, with not a single "yea" vote in the house for the proposal to rezone and allow the facility. Dozens of residents stood up to voice their opposition eloquently and respectfully, as is the nature of the citizens of the area. Special thanks to my husband, Kirk McCall, who got the booklets together, which will be delivered to each board member as a living reminder that the quality of life of their constituents, as well as the beauty and peace of the river valley, lies is in their hands. Watch for coverage at: http://e360.yale.edu/ and find info on the Lake Pepin facebook page, and please continue to gather signatures. Thank you!

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. 874 signatures and counting! Thank you!

      carrie  shanahan
      Petition Organizer

      It's working- the board is listening and your voice will be heard! I'll be printing out the petition as it stands tomorrow, to be presented as booklets to the decision makers- if each of you could get 1 or 2 more friends to sign, we could deliver "thousands" of signatures to the Pepin County Board this weekend. Please make one final push for signatures by posting on your facebook page, tweeting, or reminding your email list. The river, our children, and their grandchildren will thank you. Please see the Lake Pepin facebook page for maps of the proposal and more information, and don't forget to "like" them!

    4. Reached 750 signatures
    5. 257 signatures and counting! Thank you!

      carrie  shanahan
      Petition Organizer

      Your outpouring of support to oppose a frac sand washing plant smack dab in the middle of the Great River Road on Lake Pepin is having an effect; your stories are incredibly heartwarming and effective. Your signatures and sentiments will be delivered directly to the decision makers to prevent a catastrophic danger to the region. If each of you can get 4 more supporters to sign, we'll reach 1,000! Enlist your family, no matter where they are, send the link to any email groups- alumni, church, PTA, summer camp, neighborhood groups, environmental groups, post it on facebook repeatedly. Post a widget on your website. Share the fact that the road is listed as one of the top 4 scenic drives in the country, as well as countless other lists of beautiful places. Get the word out and save Lake Pepin! Thank you.

    6. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Joyce Blodgett DULUTH, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      There is so much possibility for irreparable harm from fracking and so much we don't know, that by the time we do know the harm we have done, it will be too late. Please dejy this fracking petition.

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    • edward reilly MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      To preserve and protect the nature beauty of the Lake Pepin area and water quality of the Mississippi River.

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    • guy r. mundale MAIDEN ROCK, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      Preservation/intrusion of privacy/this IS a National Scenic Byway..! Limited resource & Permanent damage to enviornment.

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    • Patrick Carolan MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      Frac sand mining is destroying beautiful landscape. The mining process is placing silica dust into the air carrying disease causing potential that won't be recognized for 20-30 years. Frac mining is polluting ground and surface waters with known carcinogens including hydrocarbons. At some point we (collectively) must say that the price is too great. And, when you factor in that a substantial amount of the sand that is mined is sold to overseas markets, it makes the whole set of variables even less tenable. Leaders in Pepin County have an opportunity to "Just Say No." Please do, and safeguard the health of your children and grandchildren.

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    • David Benrud MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 1 year ago

      I have recently purchased commercial property in Pepin Wi. If frac sand mining alters the landscape I will reconsider investing in the community.

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