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Letter to the Editor: Winneshiek County needs a frac sand mining moratorium

Posted: Tue, Mar 19, 2013 9:03 AM

Amy Weldon of Decorah e-mails the following Letter to the Editor:

"When it comes to the issue of frac sand mining, the old saying "marry in haste, repent at leisure" has never been more true.  Rushing to participate in what only looks like the "prosperity" of a boom-and-bust energy economy by opening up our beautiful county to frac sand mining will ultimately just leave us stranded high and dry -- literally, as we battle the aftereffects of silicosis and  stripped, polluted land while watching the sand, and the money, get trucked off down the road and out of our area for good.  Winneshiek County needs a moratorium on frac sand mining in order to get below the mining companies' stories and study the real effects of this toxic process on us and on our land."

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