Email to Egan:
My blog I posted after writing to you on February 6th regarding
your mayoral job and your second job with the Sand Fracking Industry
was a big hit! Apparently, Red Wing, MN residents as well as online
readers from around the area and far away, did not like your suggestion
that you could be mayor AND Executive Director of the Minnesota Industrial
Sand Council! Your conflict of interest has made you look like nothing
more than a dumb-ass, typical greedy politician/corporate whore, who
deserved a giant boot in the ass out of office! I’m sure you will make
tons of money with Sand Fracking, while it lasts, but SE Minnesota is
a new hotbed of anti-Fracking sentiment among a majority of the residents.
It has already spread into neighboring Wisconsin.
Good luck lining your pockets with money at the expense of human health and
environmental safety! Your thanks will come when our earth is so toxic that
not even the likes of you, who helped cause environmental catastrophe and
massive species extinction to include humans, will be able to escape the
poisonous consequences of your greed-laden actions!
Talk about selling your soul & that of your city’s soul down the road for money = $greed$!!
Remember this post that I wrote back on February 6, 2013:
It seems that between Red Wing’s news coverage, and the potential for things to go “viral” including a email address directly to the party in question, one Dennis Egan:
Red Wing mayor resigns in face of pressure over frac sand industry role
Facing a recall effort and an inquiry, Egan chose to stay in his role as lobbyist.
Photo: Special to the Star Tribune, Photo by Jim Umhoefer.
Two weeks after Red Wing Mayor Dennis Egan insisted that he could ethically work a second job as a frac sand lobbyist, the mayor will step down in the face of a recall effort and a City Council investigation of his business relationship with the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council.
“I think it is the right decision,” Red Wing Council Member Peggy Rehder said Saturday. “I just think it is unfortunate that it took this long.”
Egan said he could have continued as mayor based on the city’s attorney legal interpretation, but will resign by April 1 because his job as the sand council’s executive director had become a distraction to the city and his family.
“I believe that a mayor must live to a higher standard than just avoiding conflicts of interest,’’ he said. “If a mayor’s activities serve as a distraction or roadblock for the city, the public is not well-served.’’
Rehder said parameters for a special election to replace Egan, the city’s former Chamber of Commerce president, will be discussed at Monday’s City Council meeting. The council will drop its initiative to have an independent, private firm investigate the full nature of Egan’s business dealings with the frac sand industry, she added. The proposed inquiry was to collect details of when Egan started consulting for mining companies, how much money he was making and what his contract said.
Without knowing any of those details, Red Wing City Attorney Jay Squires had advised the council that he could not see a legal conflict in violation of state statute.
A contentious hearing
But City Council President Lisa Bayley called the dual employment a “pretty massive inherent conflict.” Bayley told Egan at a showdown City Council meeting on Feb. 11 that she resented the fact that he wouldn’t resign at the request of fellow council members.
Egan, who gets paid $9,800 a year as the city’s mayor, has earned a living for years as a professional lobbyist and political consultant. He told the City Council it was unfair for members to ask that he choose between abandoning a client or quitting as mayor. If frac sand matters came up at City Hall, he would recuse himself, he said.
But Kent Laugen, a Red Wing resident and local attorney, said the mayor’s argument was “superficial and inadequate.” There’s no way he could reconcile his city duties against his loyalty to sand companies, Laugen said. He predicted there will be pressure for the mayor to resign immediately, not weeks from now.
The political tension that Egan said he could avoid came to life at the State Capitol last week at a crowded public hearing before a joint Senate and House committee considering frac sand legislation. Rehder testified on behalf of Red Wing that the state should adopt a moratorium on new frac sand developments until a comprehensive environmental review can be conducted. Egan wasn’t there, but the sand council testified in direct opposition.
In the wake of that hearing, Rehder said Saturday: “And he [Egan] still says he has no conflict?”
Red Wing resident Dale Hanson had vowed to carry out a petition drive for a recall vote. “I am grateful that [Egan] will resign,” he said Saturday. But he said he believes that the city should go ahead with its investigation “to ensure that if there was corruption, ethics violations, or other vital issues that we have an accurate sense of how much damage may have been done.”
Red Wing is in the heart of frac sand territory. The rush to mine the ancient quartz started about four years ago with a national oil and gas boom using a technique known as hydraulic fracturing. The spherical, crush-resistant pebbles are vital ingredients in the drilling process.
A debate will start this week at the Legislature over a proposed statewide environmental review of the industry and the possible formation of a regional frac sand board for uniformity in regulation.