We can't leave regulating the frac sand industry solely to local governments. We need state legislation that establishes state permitting requirements for the industry that protect our communities, air, and water.
- Minnesota State Legislature
We need state legislation that enacts:
1. Strong state-level permitting requirements that work with local control.
2. A state moratorium on any new frac sand facilities to allow time for creating state requirements and to complete an in-depth study.
3. An in-depth state study, such as a Generic Environmental Impact Statement.
4. Permitting fees and taxes on the industry that cover the costs of state regulation and damage to roads and bridges.
We can’t leave regulating the frac sand industry solely to local governments. We need state legislation that establishes state permitting requirements for the industry that protect our communities, including our air and water. These state standards need to be in addition to local control, which must stay strong. We need a moratorium while these state standards are established and an in-depth study is done to help determine what the standards should be. I urge you to act NOW because outside corporate interests are pushing hard to establish mines before any state standards are established.
As concerned citizens, and in order to protect and preserve the beauty of our natural environment, our communities, our sustainable economic development, our health, and our way of life – we oppose frac sand mining, processing and transport in Minnesota, because it poses the following dangers to our health, welfare, and safety:
Lung cancer and silicosis from invisible crystalline silica dust * potential for poisoning of our groundwater and land from chemicals used in sand-washing * heavy traffic from 80,000-pound semis posing traffic hazards to our safety and damage to our roads * cancer-causing diesel fumes from those trucks * risks to our communities and relationships with our neighbors * job-loss from negative impact on tourism, arts, culture & education * decreased property values * loss of serenity from noise and light pollution * destruction of ecological communities of threatened animals, plants, and birds * changing the landscape of our area forever * economic disruption due to boom-bust cycle of mining industry * negative influence of outside investors with no interest in the well-being of our communities
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