Non Health Related Concerns


The sandstone formations of Wisconsin not only contain quartz sand, they contain the aquifers that supply water to our rural communities. The sandstone serves as a giant filter for this water supply. Mining operations threaten this water supply in both quality and quantity.

Despite state laws requiring the reclamation of mined land, reclaimed land does not have the same fertility or filtering capabilities as unmined land. It takes years to build soil, which is a living thing.

Returning mining waste to mine sites poses soil contamination risks, and placing it within feet of the aquifer risks water contamination.

Other risks are reduced property values, diminished wildlife habitat, noise pollution, increased road repair costs to local communities, traffic safety on haul routes, the loss of rural quality of life, and a dramatically landscape.

Finally, exporting a product to be used in hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells risks the health of those communities, and perpetuates our dependence on fossil fuels.

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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