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Frac-sand Mine to Open Across Wisconsin High School

The new frac-sand plant will be built across the street from Cochrane-Fountain City School.

By Colleen Supan, Urban Farm managing editor

Friday, July 13, 2012

frac-sand plant

Photo by Jim Tittle/www.nocfcfracplant.com

Glacier Sands, LLC recently obtained a conditional permit to build a 325-acre frac dry-sand plant and rail-loading facility directly across the street from Cochrane-Fountain City School in Fountain City, Wis. This not-too-uncommon-in-Wisconsin facility will be located between Kamrowski Road and Bensel Pond, and will be the main distribution center for frac-sand trucks mined in Buffalo County.

The school, which sits along the majestic Mississippi River, in the bluffs, is home to hundreds of pre-K through 12th-grade children and adolescents. The Cochrane-Fountain City School Board is currently attempting discussions with mining interests and government entities to talk about the possible effects of the daily transportation of tons of silica sand, which will be used for fracking in the state. An estimate of as many as 1,000 truck trips a day past the school is expected.

Silica sand is normally used for making glass and fiber-optics, as well as stoneware, porcelain and some cements. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, constant exposure to dust from silica sand has lead to an increase in lung and bladder cancers at specific mines. The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration states that "Inhalation of respirable crystalline silica particles has long been known to cause silicosis, a disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease.” The U.S. National Toxicology Program has stated that respirable crystalline silica is known to be a human carcinogen.

To get involved in the school meetings regarding the mine, visit the Cochrane-Fountain City School District website.

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Fascinating. And sickening.
k, k, KS
Posted: 8/11/2012 10:55:29 PM
I have a hard time believing the majority of citizens in Buffalo County voted for Walker with all the fracking going on. In fact I don't think Walker actually won here.

There has been a ridiculously implausible red-shift beginning with the 2010 Gov. election and even more dramatic in the June 5 recall election.
It appears Walker gained most of his votes on the AVC Edge touchscreen machines, serviced by Command Central of St Cloud, MN. Example of election results from the City of Mondovi, which is one area that has traditionally leaned more GOP than other parts of the county:


ABSENTEE BALLOTS (fed through opscan):
BARRETT - 64 = 52.89%
WALKER - 57 = 47.1%
ELECTION DAY BALLOTS (Fed through opscan)
BARRETT - 185 = 47.4%
WALKER - 205 = 52.5%
BARRETT - 249 = 48.7%
WALKER - 262 = 51.2%
TOUCHSCREEN VOTES (Based on certified totals)
BARRETT - 174 = 46.1%
WALKER - 203 = 53.8%
Margaret, Eau Claire, WI
Posted: 7/26/2012 11:14:28 AM
I don't understand how this can be allowed to happen.
Robert, Clearwater, FL
Posted: 7/25/2012 5:50:13 AM
I think if it is that serious of a health concern and the company is definitely moving into the area for good, then that company needs to pay for the construction of a brand new school somewhere else and also give something beautiful to that community.
J, Virginia Beach, VA
Posted: 7/18/2012 9:10:17 AM

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