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11/3/2012 7:30:00 AM
What would Aldo Leopold say about frac mining?

To the editor:

I would like an answer to one simple question: When the frac sand miners are done mining frac sand in any given location, what is left behind?

According to the La Crosse Tribune, Wisconsin is the nation's largest producer of frac sand.

The oil and natural gas recovery method called hydraulic fracturing, "fracking," takes the Wisconsin landscape and buries it deep beneath the surface in places like Texas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.

A Department of Natural Resources frac mining specialist recently commented, "We have the best sand in the world. ... And we have a lot of sand."

Hmm. They said the same thing about the Passenger Pigeon. I wonder what Aldo Leopold would have to say about frac mining?

Mark Kubiske, Rhinelander

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Holmes

Sorry, Pat Maass. I misunderstood by quite a bit your meaning, thus was confused as to your orientation. There are difficult times ahead, what with the Divider-in-Chief and all...

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2012
Article comment by: Pat Maass

Mr. Holmes, I believe you might need a reading comprehension course. A confirmed liberal? If I'm so far left, what does that make Rob Swearingen, Tommy Thompson, Mike Schiek, Paul Ehlers, and Mitt Romney? All people I voted for.

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Article comment by: Tony Arten

"Stop worrying about the environment.
Who wants to live here? North Dakota is booming. Apartment buildings, motels, thousands of new homes. Come on, let's get with the program."

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Holmes

Deep in debt? I thought confirmed liberals like Pat Maass would say, "deep in investment" or "deep in inverse wealth."

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: Mike Barber

Did the Northwoods pass the pot smoking initiative? I thought that was my former state of Colorado. Hate to ruin any greeny's day but the frac sand is not in the Northwoods but well south of here. I worked with the sand quarries in the 1970s down there. Yes, it is perfect sand for fracking and foundries, etc. And there is a lot of it all the way down through Illinois. Mining jobs pay very well unlike the minimum wage jobs in the Northwoods. As Pat James who was president of the company that once owned the Crandon mine told me: "The issue in the Northwoods is not so much unemployment as underemployment." And that was when the economy was doing well. Keep the Northwoods cheap to live in as a summer residence, us snowbirds do appreciate your efforts.

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Article comment by: Craig Strid

A standing ovation for any man who gives thought, respect and admiration to preserve the land. It is the reason we choose to live in the Northwoods and why so many want to visit.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Pat Maass

The shameless ignorance that some people are able to display can only be summed up as laughable.
Let's make sure that our children and grand children are so deep in debt that the wasteland we leave them won't really matter.

Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Article comment by: Don Bettiga

We have lots of sand not like North Dakota.
Plus let's get to mining to create jobs. This county needs more jobs and better paying jobs.
Create work for all the people out of work and on welfare. Stop worrying about the environment.
Who wants to live here? North Dakota is booming. Apartment buildings, motels, thousands of new homes. Come on, let's get with the program.

Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Holmes

Aldo who?

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