Listen to Sen. Terry Molton

This note came in a newsletter from Rep. Tom Larson. Please share with others and attend this meeting to share any concerns you have with frac sand mining, processing, and transport . Your personal participation is very important.

Just learned that there is great potential for Iowa to be opened up to hydraulic fracturing. There seems to be no end in sight for the demand for frac sand. The public has to respond to this state-wide/nation-wide destruction of farm land, land structure and all the impacts on health, safety and welfare of our people here and throughout the area. This is not a time to be quiet!

Reminder: Listening Session Wednesday
Just as a reminder, I will be joining Sen. Terry Moulton for a constituent listening session on October 2. I look forward to meeting with constituents and hearing your top priorities as the fall session gets going. As always, you can call, write or email my office to share your comments on legislative issues as well. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 2nd
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
New Auburn Village Hall
103 E. Elm Street


  1. I attended this listening session with Moulton and Larson. I asked if they had been to any mines in the area. Mr. Moulton’s response was, “Yes, they had visited sand mines.” I asked how many they had seen and the answer was, TWO. One was EOG in Chippewa Falls and the other was a mine (he couldn’t remember the name) just north of New Auburn. Out of all the mines in their districts they had visited TWO. I asked other questions of them regarding the mining industry which they appeared not to have a clue as to how to answer. It was evident that they were not knowledgeable about the meaning of usual and common phrases and words having to do with mining. I asked a few more questions; had a couple more comments as the two men listened courteously and with apparent attention. I am very disappointed with their lack of knowledge on an issue that should be first and foremost in their districts. I invited them to my home to tour the mines in my area at their convenience. I have given the offer to Mr. Moulton several times. He is a busy man and has not taken me up on my offer. Mr. Larson seemed more interested saying that he couldn’t take the time that particular day. If the representatives for our districts have visited two mines, heard the party line from the mining industry and couldn’t remember the name of one, how can we be expected to have politicians from districts far from our homes know what is going on in the industry. Taking local control away from local government and handing it over to the state is unbelievably stupid at best when our representatives who live here know nothing.

Courteous, concise comments relevant to the topic are welcome, whether or not they agree with the views that predominate here. Long rants proclaiming the infallibility of your own views or favorite ideology will not be posted, neither will repeated attempts to hammer on a point already addressed, nor will comments containing profanity, abusive language, flame-baiting and name calling. Please indicate precisely what you are blogging about. I just got a post from ? E-Mail ? which said: "Is this going to be OUR furture??. I have no idea what they were referring to and no way to contact them. This is why we prefer comments that are signed by actual persons who leave their E-Mail address (it won't be published) so they can be contacted if questions arise.

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