Waupaca County is already considering a 500-foot buffer for non-metallic mine operations
Do you want a mine 500 feet from your house? If it’s a farm house, even closer?
What happened? Who knew this area has the mother load of frac sand?
Are we willing to have our land hauled away, hills gone forever?
At what price are we willing to give up the sand? Better question is: At what cost?
One just has to see what has happened in western Wisconsin to see that it’s a lousy deal.
Did a lot of good jobs show up? No.
Did the local people prosper? No.
Did the money stay local? No.
Is the land disappearing? Yes.
Very heavy truck traf?c? Yes. Lots of noise? Yes.
Dust? Yes. Water issues? Yes. Property values drop? Yes.
So who does bene?t?
The lucky couple of land owners and the mining companies and, of course, the huge oil and gas conglomerates.
So what can you do?
Start local. Contact your representatives at the town and county level now.