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More than 100 frac sand mines and processing facilities, like this one outside of Bloomer, Wis., have cropped up across the state over the last few years. (photo – Jim Tittle)

After winning just one game the previous year, the Glenwood City Hilltoppers football team reveled in taking home the Wisconsin Division 7 state championship last season.

And in typical small-town fashion, the whole community rallied behind them, recalled Chris Schone, whose son quarterbacked the junior varsity squad.

But now, Schone said, something is “tearing the community apart.” A nearly 400-acre open-pit frac sand mine has been proposed for a site less than half a mile from the school, and now those residents who welcome the mine’s promises of wealth and prosperity have squared off against those who fear its consequences to their health, way of life and property values.

“Our home is also about a half-mile from the mine,” added Schone, who grew up in Glenwood City and owns a nearby gas station and restaurant. “Our four children would be exposed 24 hours a day.”

Read more important information on this here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/01/frac-sand-mining-wisconsin-glenwood-city_n_3364963.html?utm_hp_ref=green

Greed is the motivating factor for residents and farmers who are willing to sell or lease their land to Sand Fracking companies, and the consequences are deadly Silicosis and cancer caused by Frac Sand Mining!  That and the destruction of a beautiful and unique environment here in Wisconsin in towns that count on tourism for their livelihoods! – John Loeffler, Fountain City, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

 

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