Sunday, December 28, 2014

Frac Sand Mining is NOT Inevitable

Local activists and public health professionals applied sufficient pressure to get New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation banning fracking statewide. Until the news broke on December 17th, the outcome had seemed uncertain. It's a landmark, a watershed decision: a state has decided that its considerable reserves of fossil fuel will not be extracted for the foreseeable future, that other things -- the health of its people, the purity of its water -- matter more. And once again, the power of citizens turned out to be greater than that of industry.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Moon

Posted on April 14, 2012
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The Moon
After all the sand trains
have left this little town
When the speculators go
and the dust has settled down
What’s left for us to live with
except those gaping holes?
A company town without a company
knocked off-kilter for short-term corporate goals
The paychecks came from New York
or someplace far away
And when sand prices bottomed out
jobs dried up, almost the same day
Now we’re left with our questions
and a landscape that looks like the moon
Frac sand economics
boom, boom, BOOM!
from http://thepriceofsand.com/2012/04/14/the-moon/

Locations of 11 Frac Sand Mines (in SE Minn) Proposed by Minnesota Sands, with Proposed Size in Acres

The map on Land Stewardship Project's website, which shows "Locations of 11 Frac Sand Mines (in SE Minn) Proposed by Minnesota Sands, with Proposed Size in Acres"
at  http://landstewardshipproject.org/repository/1/968/frac_mine_map.pdf