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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
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
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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
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Stop Transporting Explosive & Hazardous Crude Oil Via Rail Using Unsafe and Outdated DOT-111 tanker cars
Stop Transporting Explosive & Hazardous Crude Oil Via Rail Using Unsafe and Outdated DOT-111 tanker cars
 
Stop transporting explosive & hazardous crude oil via rail using unsafe and outdated DOT-111 tanker cars
Stop Transporting Explosive & Hazardous Crude Oil Via Rail Using Unsafe and Outdated DOT-111 Tanker Cars
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
 
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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.
>> view map
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
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