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Advocating solutions to protect Southeast Minnesota from frac-sand mining

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Welcome!
Stay informed on the frac sand mining controversy
This website is managed by the Houston County Protectors, a group of citizens in Houston County, Minnesota who are concerned about industrial scale sand mining in our region.
Learn About the Issues
The Basics
General information on frac-sand mining
Economy/Jobs
Economic impacts of frac-sand mining
Health/Safety
Effects of frac-sand mining on public health/safety
Environment
Damage to our natural resources
Government
Stay informed about government actions
Videos
Frac sand videos and newscasts
Please Sign These Important Petitions
Petition for Effective Action to Protect MN from the Frac Sand Industry
Petitioning Governor Scott Walker, Wisconsin Lawmakers, and Federal Environmental Agencies: Stop Frac Sand Mining and Environmental Degradation
Petitioning Gov. Walker, WI Lawmakers, and Federal Environmental Agencies: Stop Frac Sand Mining and Environmental Degradation
     
Stop Transporting Explosive & Hazardous Crude Oil Via Rail Using Unsafe and Outdated DOT-111 tanker cars
Stop Transporting Explosive & Hazardous Crude Oil Via Rail Using Unsafe and Outdated DOT-111 tanker cars
 
Stop transporting explosive & hazardous crude oil via rail using unsafe and outdated DOT-111 tanker cars
Stop Transporting Explosive & Hazardous Crude Oil Via Rail Using Unsafe and Outdated DOT-111 Tanker Cars
Images from a Frac Sand Mine Tour
On August 6 more than 50 people from northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota, and western Wisconisn attended the tour of Wisconsin frac sand mining facilities.
>> Bus Trip to Land of Frac-Sand Mining Provides Insight to 'New' Industry
>> view more photos
The Big Picture is Small… and Local
Our attention is currently focused on the potential threat that industrial-scale sand mining poses to our area. We must not forget however, the "big picture." What kind of future do we want to create for ourselves and our children?
Conserving energy and producing energy in many different, non-extractive ways can undergird a lasting economy appropriate to Houston County. Looking toward the future instead of the past and building on what’s already been started by local people can provide more jobs for local people instead of relying on what outsiders are willing to offer.
>> learn more
Erickson Mine - Houston, MN
Scenic state highway 16 has a new neighbor, Minnesota Sands LLC has leased the existing sand mine on Tracie and Michelle Erickson’s property at 23148 State 16 and plans to haul out two million cubic yards of sand before year-end.
>> learn more
Find a Mine Near You
Geological Overview: Why Southeast Minnesota Is A Hot Spot for Silica Sand
Mines pinpointed on this map are based on records received from the Houston County Zoning & Planning Dept. Locations may be approximate but fall within specified section-township-range.
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Based on records received from the Houston County Zoning and Planning Department, this is the Bonanza Grain Inc. Quarry. It is located one mile west of Caledonia, MN. It is one of approximately 120 permitted/existing construction/aggregate mines in Houston County.
Based on records received from the Houston County Zoning and Planning Department, this is the Bonanza Grain Inc. Quarry. It is located one mile west of Caledonia, MN. It is one of approximately 120 permitted/existing "construction/aggregate" mines in Houston County.
credit: sarahjoy
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Groups with a Common Cause
Allamakee County Protectors
A group of concerned county residents leading the fight against Frac Sand Mining in Allamakee County.
Crawford Stewardship Project
Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford county and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources.
DOT-111 Reader
This purpose of this website is to bring to light safety issues related to DOT-111 rail cars. There are 93,000 rail cars in operation, most of which are not up to current safety standards.
Fillmore County - Frac Sand Mining
Blogspot for citizens concerned about frac sand mining in Fillmore County, MN
FracDallas
What you should know about slickwater hydraulic fracturing
Frac Sand Awareness Project
News, articles, blogs, and more from western Wisconsin
Frac Sand Frisbee
A blog about frac sand mining in the upper midwest
Hay River Frac Watch
Organizing around local frac sand mining issues
Land Stewardship Project
The Land Stewardship Project wants more successful stewardship farmers raising both livestock and crops on the land.
Monroe County Sand Mines
From biking capital to sand mine capitol?
No C-FC Frac Plant
We are an organized group of citizens against the proposed Frac sand dry plant and rail loading center located next to Cochrane-Fountain City School.
Save the Bluffs
Goodhue County dedicated to putting the brakes on new frac sand permits
Concerned Chippewa Citizen
Sand companies are shipping our land out of state
The Price of Sand
A documentary about silica mines, small towns and money
Winona Neighbors Concerned about Blasting (NCAB)
A groups of neighbors from Winona and Goodview concerned about blasting and their quality of life
 
What You Can Do to Help:
Start A Conversation
Talk to your families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers about industrial scale mining in Houston County. Share with them links to our website and encourage them to learn more about the dangers that industrial-scale mining pose to our area.
Write Letters to the Editor
Concision matters! Most of the papers have a 250 word limit! Include your full name, home address and daytime phone number or they reject your letter
EMAIL CONTACTS:
Caledonia Argus
Filmore County Journal
Houston Banner
Houston County News
La Crosse Tribune
Rochester Post Bulletin
Spring Grove Herald
Tri-County Record
Winona Daily News
Contact County Commissioners
Share with them your concerns about industrial scale frac sand mining
1ST DISTRICT
Judy Storlie
507-895-8994
judy.storlie@co.houston.mn.us
2ND DISTRICT
Justin Zmyewski
507-450-8297
justin.zmyewski@co.houston.mn.us
3RD DISTRICT
Steve Schuldt
507-724-3639
steve.schuldt@co.houston.mn.us
4TH DISTRICT
Teresa Walter (County Board Chair)
507-895-2446
teresa.walter@co.houston.mn.us
5TH DISTRICT
Dana Kjome
507-498-5676
dana.kjome@co.houston.mn.us
>> view printable list
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Houston County Protectors
PO BOX 487
Houston, MN 55943
Upcoming Events
(View full calendar for complete event details/locations)
Houston County Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 8, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing - view event flyer
Friday, April 11, 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 12, 1:00 PM
>> view full calendar
Breaking News
4/4/14
'Ban Committee' Will Study Mining Ordinance
4/2/14
Letter to the Editor: Suprised by Chairman's Vote
4/2/14
Chairman Shares Notes from Annual Townships Meeting
4/2/14
Keeping Houston County Citizens Informed and Involved
4/1/14
Video: Frac Sand Issues Updates - Houston County Board Meeting 4/1/14
4/1/14
County Board Will Run Parallel Frac Sand Committees
3/31/14
Frac Sand Mines Credited for Rising, Dropping Property Values
3/27/14
In Bid Against Gas, Minnesota Regulators Say Solar Can Proceed
3/26/14
County Board to Start Recording Meetings
3/25/14
Letter to the Editor: The Quack of Frac
3/25/14
Video: Frac Sand Issues Updates - Houston County Board Meeting 3/25/14
3/19/14
County Board Discusses Possible Train Safety Issues, Frac Sand
3/19/14
Letter to the Editor: Do You Know Houston County Board Meetings are Posted on YouTube?
3/18/14
Landowners Dissolving Relationship with Frac Sand Company; Ask to Mine Construction Sand
3/12/14
Commissioners Round up Frac Sand Panel
3/11/14
Feathers Ruffled by Frac Sand Committee Recommendation
3/11/14
Video: Frac Sand Issues Updates - Houston County Board Meeting 3/11/14
3/4/14
Video: Frac Sand Issues Updates - Houston County Board Meeting 3/4/14
3/1/14
Your Turn: Should Dayton Impose Moratorium on Frac Sand Mines?
2/26/14
County Considers Frac Sand Ban, Seeks Assistance
2/21/14
Even in Minnesota, Water's Under Stress
2/18/14
Video: Frac Sand Issues Updates - Houston County Board Meeting 2/18/14
2/11/14
New Attention Needed on Frac Sand Ordinance, Attorney Says
2/11/14
Video: Frac Sand Issues Updates - Houston County Board Meeting 2/11/14
2/10/14
Steve Clemens' Day by Day Trial Blog: Winona Frac Sand Protestors
2/5/14
Human Rights vs. Frac Sand Profits
2/5/14
Houston County Extends Moratorium
2/5/14
And Now the Defense: Frac Sand Protesters Smile, Take the Stand
2/5/14
Winona Frac Sand Protesters' Trial Enters Third Day
2/5/14
With Frac Sand Boom in Full Swing, Study to Guide Mine Reclamation
2/5/14
UW, Chippewa County Will Investigate How Frac Sand Mining Affects Soil
2/5/14
A Permanent Prohibition?
2/5/14
And Now the Defense: Frac Sand Protesters Smile, Take the Stand
2/5/14
Results of IPP Study: Frac Sand Mining Would Have Negative NE Iowa Impact
2/5/14
Winona Frac Sand Protesters' Trial Enters Third Day
2/5/14
Houston County Extends Moratorium
2/4/14
County Opts for Another Year on Mining Moratorium
2/4/14
Human Rights vs. Frac Sand Profits
2/4/14
Day 1 of Frac Sand Trial in Winona: When Law Becomes an Idol
1/31/14
KTTC VIDEO: Houston County Considers Permanent Ban on Sand Mining
1/31/14
WKBT VIDEO: Seeking Permanent Ban on Sand Mining
1/30/14
The Iowa Policy Project Releases a Policy Brief: Digging Deeping on Frac Sand Mining
>> read full report
1/30/14
Houston County Could Permanently Ban New Frac Sand Mining
1/30/14
Frac Sand Policy Update: Houston Co Checks Out Banning Frac Sand Mining; Activist Appointed to EQB
1/28/14
Footage from the January 21, 2014 Houston County Board Meeting & Public Hearing
1/28/14
Online Petition Calls for Halt to Frac Sand Mining in Wisconsin
1/28/14
PowerPoint: Citizens Frac Sand Summit Victories List
PowerPoint: Citizens Frac Sand Summit Victories List
1/28/14
PowerPoint: Airborne Particulates and Silica Health Risks from Sand Mining
PowerPoint: Airborne Particulates and Silica Health Risks from Sand Mining
Source: Crispin Pierce PhD, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
1/28/14
New Planning Commissioner Selected by County Board
1/28/14
Public Hearing: Extending the Silica Sand Mining Moratorium Until March 2015
1/28/14
Steve Schild: Summit Shed Light on Silica Sand
1/27/14
OSHA Extends Silica Rule Comment Period
1/25/14
Badger Bluff Frac Operation Back on Agenda in Buffalo County
1/24/14
Fight for State’s Air, Water Quality
1/23/14
Wedron Residents Sue Sand Mining Companies Over Water Pollution
1/24/14
Foes Plan to Fight Plan for Frac Operation
1/24/14
Letter: Speak Up About Impact of Sand Mines
1/22/14
New Plan to Halt Frac Sand
1/22/14
Walz Calls for Hearing on Rail Safety
1/22/14
Houston County Board Alerted of Proposed Rail Meeting
1/21/14
Footage from the January 21, 2014 Houston County Board Meeting
1/19/14
VIDEO: Locals Hold First Citizens Silica Sand Mining Summit
1/18/14
Report from the Citizens' Frac Sand Summit
 
 
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