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For those of us who want to prohibit frac sand mining in Houston County, one of our main concerns has been that non-conforming mines would be a backdoor loophole that mining interests exploit to start frac sand mining in our county.

Houston County adopted zoning in 1967. Fifty years later, we still are struggling with non-conforming mines, the result of official confusion and misinterpretation.

Mining is the most destructive land-use activity that is allowed in our zoning ordinance. In a word, it is irreversible, no matter what reclamation requirements are in the zoning ordinance.

Members of Houston County Protectors have put together an amendment to our zoning ordinance to not only prohibit frac sand mining, but to resolve the problem of non-conforming mines.

The County Planning Commission is having a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the County Justice Center in Caledonia on our proposal to ban frac sand mining.

The movement away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, energy efficiency and energy conservation is exploding across this country. The need to address climate change is a global imperative, a unifying endeavor for humanity that transcends nationalism, cultural difference and economic inequality. Slowing climate change is the challenge of our lifetime.

Silica sand is essential for fracking. Oil and gas fracking will be gone in a few years, and the legacy here will be big holes in the ground, billboards of greed and shortsightedness.

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Ken Tschumper is a member of Houston County Protectors.


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SE MN is known for some of the biggest scams in MN history. Must be something in the water that breeds that much crookedness. Nice place to live, but get it in writing and read your agreements carefully.

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