from Dale Forster:
Chris Graves told
me today he's okay with the Rein EAW and is recommending that the
Fillmore County commissioners vote to accept the EAW. So that weakens our
attempts to get an EIS done on the Rein mine. The only ways left to try for an
EIS seem to be for us to strongly lobby commissioners before their April 2
meeting and/or to maybe hint a possible lawsuit because the Rein mine is getting
less-stringent preferential treatment.
Graves had no problem being
enthusiastic about the Minnesota Sands mine in Houston County needing an EIS by
the EQB (even though that mine is farther than Rein's from the "cluster of
mines" around Pilot Mound and SW Winona County), and at the same time being
adamant the Rein mine was okay with just an EAW. Logic and reason, it seems, do
Graves said Rein has not applied for a CUP yet, but no
doubt will if the commissioners accept the EAW. Then there can be a 60-day
period before a hearing on the CUP. So that hearing could be in late May.
I wish everyone good energy in all their efforts to persuade the
commissioners to still require an EIS on the Rein mine.