Pictures of a win/lose situation

Buffalo County (like many others in this region) is locked in a win/lose battle where either mining interests are going to win or the people who oppose them will win.  As long as we continue to frame the discussion the way we have, somebody has to lose.

Here are three maps to describe what is happening.  We’ve all got some work to do if we’re going to figure out a way to turn this into a win/win conversation where opportunities and way of life are preserved for all of us rather than those of us who win.

Our county: Divided by incompatible land-uses

In the southeastern two thirds of the county lies the scenic river and coulee country where the focus is on recreation and tourism.  In the northeast are the rolling sand hills that actually extend across much of central Wisconsin all the way up into the northwestern lakes region where the economic emphasis is more on agriculture and small industry.

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A bad idea: Turning the Coulee Country into a transportation corridor

This is a representation of the situation that will develop as sand trucks trucks are routed through Coulee Country on their way to destinations in Minnesota.  This is a classic “win/lose” situation where one side will prevail at the expense of the other.

Each side of this win/lose conversation is afraid of losing the battle.  That fear is turning into anger, the anger has split our communities.  This, in my view, is a Bad Thing.

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A really bad idea: Turning the Coulee Country into a transportation hub

But wait — the stakes in the win/lose conversation get even higher if the Coulee Country moves from being a transportation corridor to being a hub.  Permits are being sought to build a rail spur and frac sand processing facility at the intersection of Wisconsin highways 88 and 35.  If that facility goes forward as planned we not only become the transit provider for local sand, but regional sand will start flowing into the county as well.  Winona’s processing facility has been closed to Wisconsin sand trucks, with Wabasha probably not far behind.  What happens to the Coulee Country in a scenario like this?  It’s not surprising that people are frightened.

 

 

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Badger Bluff Sands permit denied on 3-0 vote by BOA

The Badger Bluff Sands application for a sand mine spanning Schoepps Valley Road and Oak Valley Road was soundly defeated this week after comprehensive and well-researched testimony against it, for all sorts of reasons.

What became clear during the testimony is that Kevin Rich, the mine promoter, hasn’t made much of an effort to win his neighbors over.  Although Kevin spent the day addressing us all by our first names as we asked questions during a site visit, dozens of his neighbors painted a dramatically different picture during testimony that evening.

Chuck Baker, owner of Chuck’s Repair Shop was represented among the group of neighbors testifying against the mine.  A couple of days earlier, this sign appeared next to Chuck’s sign out on the highway.  It gives a great impression of what a good neighbor Badger Bluff Sands has been, no?

Thanks Chuck (and all you others).  If I have any auto repairs coming up, Chuck’s going to get my business.  I hope he gets yours as well.

class act

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Testimony OPPOSED to the Starkey request for rezone to “Industrial”

Date:   March 2, 2014

From: Mikey O’Connor (Praag, WI)

To:       Buffalo County Board

Re:       Testimony OPPOSED to the Starkey request for rezone to “Industrial”

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Focus on the future: More NEW jobs, not more OLD jobs

I hope you think about the careers of Buffalo County children and deny a rezone application that will put a 19th-century style rail-loading facility in the heart of Buffalo County, focus our economy on mining, and wreck one of the best chances for Buffalo County to compete and win in the 21st century.

Much has been said about all the disadvantages Buffalo County has, and how we need the new jobs that sand mining will bring. But don’t overlook what we have going for us as we prepare our kids (and ourselves) to compete in the worldwide “Information Economy.”

  • Internet Infrastructure: All of Buffalo County has reasonably fast DSL.  That portion of the County served by the Nelson and Cochrane telephone cooperatives has “fiber-to-the-home” – which is the best “future proof” Internet infrastructure in the world.
  • Unspoiled environment: Buffalo County is in the Driftless Area – some of the most beautiful and unique natural habitat in the world.
  • Air travel: Buffalo County is within 2 hours of an international hub airport offering convenient, reliable and diverse travel options, worldwide.

There are more of these attractions (hunting, fishing, boating, etc.), but you get the point. We could focus on developing 21st Century jobs (which, like mine, can be done anywhere there’s good Internet access). We could teach our kids how to compete at a world-class level without leaving their houses, never mind leaving the county.

What do 21st century Information Economy workers want when they’re choosing a place to live and work?  They want a vibrant community, beautiful places and great access to the world. We have all these and more, right now. Many county economic development officers would kill to have the “future proofing” amenities that we can offer here in Buffalo County.

Let’s focus on delivering a positive future, and opportunities for the next generation.

Please vote for 21st century jobs, not 19th century ones.  Oppose the Starkey rezone.

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Testimony OPPOSING SB 632 and AB 816

FROM:

Mikey O’Connor
Buffalo County Business Owner and Resident
S1287 Wisconsin State Highway 88, Box 38, Gilmanton, Wisconsin 54743
Email: mike@haven2.com

DATE:  March 2, 2014

TO:

Senator Thomas Tiffany, 12th  Senate District Chair, Senate Committee on Mining
Representative Mary Williams, 87th  Assembly District Chair, Assembly Committee on Mining
Senator Kathleen Vinehout, 31st  Senate District
Representative Warren Petryk, 93rd  Assembly District Member, Assembly Committee on Mining

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RE:

SB 632 and AB 816

Dear Senators Tiffany and Vinehout, and Representatives Petryk and Williams:

I am a business owner and resident of Buffalo County, currently under siege by an out-of-state sand-mining company attempting to launch a multi-location frac sand strip mining and rail loading facility here.

I’m also a member of an informal group of people striving to bring order and fair play to the process of siting mines and rail facilities here in the County.  Many of us are farmers and small business owners.  We see the businesses we have worked hard to build threatened by a pell-mell rush to introduce 19th century mining jobs into this region.

Buffalo County is well positioned to expand its economic base by competing on the world stage for 21st century Information Economy jobs – but that opportunity will vanish if the region is hurled back into a 19th century extractive economy.  We are united in the idea that decisions that have such profound impacts on local businesses and residents should be made locally.

  • These bills will harm our ability to bring the awareness and knowledge of local stakeholders to bear on decisions that will impact our health, safety and welfare for decades.  ‘
  • The consequences of your actions will put some of us out of business.
  • And, by destroying the amenities which make this area attractive first-tier information workers, our residents and children will be at a permanent disadvantage in the worldwide Information Economy.

Please vote against these bills.

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Stoddard testimony opposing SB 632 and AB 816

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A Win/Win Vote for the Town of Dover

A Win/Win Vote for the Town of Dover

 

On  February 19, the Town of Dover Board once again asserted its determination to protect the health, safety, and welfare of its citizens, and also its willingness to retain local control of local issues.

The Dover Town Board, by a 2-0 vote, passed a non-metallic mining licensing ordinance, an ordinance that empowers the town to approve or to deny an operating license to any prospective industrial-size non-metallic mining project.  The ordinance does not prohibit non-metallic mining, but it does give to the township “ yes or no” control of any such project. One town board member did not attend the meeting.

The township has been enjoying years of sustained, steady growth as a mixed farming, residential, and recreational community.   As dairy farming has waned in importance, many of the township’s  long-established landowners have adapted to changing economic conditions by dividing larger acreages into smaller, more affordable, home site parcels, as well as by selling sell “forties” or “eighties” to provide access to world- famous Buffalo County deer hunting. This gradual shift in land ownership and land use patterns has worked out to the benefit of all parties concerned–traditional families, newer residents, and hunters.  However, the whole symbiotic relationship has been threatened in recent months by an attempt  to site a huge, 400 acre sand strip mine and wash plant right in the most populous section of the township.

Congratulations to the Dover Town Board! It has spoken loudly and clearly; Town of Dover will both protect its citizens and will keep the Lookout area as premium home-building real estate location—the Town of Dover will control its own future!

 

Submitted by:

Tim Zeglin

W29086 State Road 121

Independence, WI 54747

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78 Reasons to Deny Glacier Sands Rezone

 

This is a letter that the Buffalo County Defenders just sent to all the Buffalo County Board members.  You can either read the images on this page, or click HERE to download a PDF version of the file.

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Tips for testifying at the Glacier-sands rezone hearing

Our Zoning Committee Chair laid down the rules for testimony at the yesterday’s preliminary meeting about Glacier Sands’ application for a rezone across from CFC School.  Here’s the long list of things that he instructed people they couldn’t testify about.

“Most importantly we will have only testimony regarding the rezone petition. Speakers must testify to the petition only. Comments about nonmetallic mining reclamation ordinance or nonmetallic mining policies and procedures, critiques of the zoning ordinance, anything about specific mines either permitted or in process, the conditional use permit that this application may evolve into, or critiquing the land resources staff or committee are not acceptable testimonies. ”

If he pulls the same stunt tomorrow here, according to Mr Taylor, are things that you CAN testify about tomorrow.

Glacier Sands – they’re the applicant (they signed the petition)

The landowners – “John & Patricia Starkey”  and “Robert L. Kamrowski”

Grain and sand – are listed as the products that “will be trucked to the site”

Highway 35 and 88 – are listed as the roads the grain and sand will be “trucked to the site via”

Trucks entering the intersection near the school – “Trucks will enter and leave the site off the intersection of USH [sic] 35/STH88″

250 truck loads a day – “The facility proposes to accommodate 250 total loads of sand per day, with approximately 60 trucks running each day”

Loadout facility – mentioned repeatedly

Mine sites – “Sand will come from mine sites near Mondovi, Gilmanton, and Montana”

Dust – the facility will “have fugitive dust controlled by use of dust suppressant and/or water trucks”

24×7 operation – “The facility will have the ability to load sand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”

Wetlands and waterways – “the proposed project has been discussed with both the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (for wetlands and waterways permits)”

The scenic highway – “within the scenic highway easement”

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More NEW jobs, not more OLD jobs

Date:    February 9, 2014

From:    Mikey O’Connor

To:        Buffalo County Land Resources Committee

Re:        Testimony OPPOSED to the Starkey request to rezone the Starkey property to “Industrial”

More NEW jobs, not more OLD jobs

I hope you think about the future of Buffalo County’s younger generation and deny a rezone application that will put a 19th-century style rail-loading facility in the heart of Buffalo County — a project that will focus our county economy on mining and wreck one of the best chances for Buffalo County has to compete and win in the 21st century.

Much has been said about all the disadvantages Buffalo County has, and how we need the new jobs that sand mining will bring. But don’t overlook what we have going for us as we prepare our kids (and ourselves) to compete in the “Information Economy.”

Internet Infrastructure: Buffalo County has fiber-to-the-home – which is some of the best Internet access in the country and far ahead of most big cities. This is especially true in the portion of the county served by Nelson Telephone Cooperative.

Unspoiled environment: Buffalo County is in the heart of the Driftless Area – some of the most beautiful and unique natural habitat in the world.

Air travel: Buffalo County is within 2 hours of an international hub airport offering convenient, reliable and diverse travel options, worldwide.

A solid economy: Buffalo County was, in a 2007 WI Revenue Department report, the fastest growing county in Wisconsin terms of personal income, and in the top 10% of all counties in the country

There are a lot more of these attractions, but you get the point. Buffalo County could focus on developing 21st Century jobs (which, like the one I do, can be done anywhere there’s good Internet access). We could teach our kids how to compete on a world-class playing field without leaving their houses, never mind leaving the county.  Remember, most kids don’t want to leave home, family and friends behind, they have to in order to get good jobs.  That’s changing.

What do 21st century Information Economy workers want when they’re choosing a place to live and work? They want the very things that Buffalo County has. They want a vibrant community, beautiful places and great access to the world. We have all these and more, right now. Many county economic development officers would kill to have the “future proofing” amenities that we can offer here in Buffalo County.

What are our future, and opportunities for the next generation, going to be? 19th century jobs? Or 21st century jobs?

I’m for looking forward, not back.  I hope you are too.  Please deny this application and put Buffalo County on a course toward the future.

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Marcie’s Testimony about the Badger Bluffs goat prairie destruction

From: Marcie O’Connor

To: Board of Adjustments

I’m writing to request that you deny the Badger Bluffs Sands’ application because of their stated plans to destroy unique and fragile natural plant and wildlife communities on their property in the process of developing their mine.

Observations

  • This application proposes to destroy two possible bluff-top “Dry Prairies” (known locally as “goat prairies”) – habitat that is already under substantial pressure, unique to this part of the world, and a defining feature of our region.
  • Destroying two prominent bluff-top prairies on two different scenic roads (Schoepps Valley Road and Oak Valley Road) is completely incompatible with surrounding land use.
  • The “Biological Resources, Plant Communities and Wildlife” section of the Badger Bluffs Reclamation Plan is deficient because while it identifies that the mine site possibly contains two Natural Heritage Inventory Dry Prairie openings, no professional survey of that unique and fragile habitat was conducted.
  • The Reclamation Plan is also deficient because it does not offer plans as to how Dry Prairie habitats will be preserved and protected during the life of the mine, and ignores the fact that once these habitats are destroyed they cannot be restored.

Background

The mine will be located in what is known as the ‘Driftless Area’; the name refers to its glacial history.  The glaciers never covered this part of Buffalo County, and as a result it has rugged topography, and many unusual plants and animals.

One of the characteristics of this geology is steep, sandy slopes on many of the south-facing points of land.   These areas are identified as the “Dry Prairie community type” in the DNR Natural Heritage Inventory and are sometimes called ‘Goat Prairies’ around here.   Because their soil is sandy and the hills are steep, water drains away from them quickly.  Because they face south, snow melts quickly, and the sun beats down on them.  As a result, they are extremely hot and dry in summer, and cold and dry in winter, so plants must have unusual adaptations to survive there.

Goat prairies are one of the unique features of the Driftless Area, and of the landscape of Buffalo County. Each goat prairie is different – with its own unique mix of plants and animals.   Dozens of plant, animal and insect species interact with each other to make up each of these rare ecosystems, and many of the species are rare or uncommon in other places.

I am a naturalist and ecologist, with a degree in Botany and 20 years of experience restoring and managing native habitat.  For the last 13 years I’ve been working to restore the prairie, wetland and savanna landscape on our Buffalo County property.

Here are aerial photos of two Goat Prairies – one of the ones that will be destroyed by Badger Bluffs mining, and one on our land that appears to be very similar.   These Google Maps images are at the same scale.  The color variation is likely due to differences in the time of year of the imagery.

BBS2Here are some closer photos of our goat prairie, and a list of the plants I’ve found there.   Since the Badger Bluff Sands prairie is similar in size and also faces directly south, it probably has similar plant and animal communities.

O’Connors  Sumac Prairie

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Inventory of plants found on Sumac Prairie

Agalinis aspera – Rough False Foxglove
Amorpha canescens
– Leadplant
Amphicarpa bracteata – Hog Peanut
Andropogon gerardii – Big Bluestem
Anemone cylindrica
– Thimbleweed
Antennaria neglecta – Field Pussytoes
Antennaria plantinifolia
– Plantain-leaved Pussytoes
Arabis lyrata
– Sandcress
Artemisia campestris
– Wormwood
Asclepias exaltata – Poke Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca – Common Milkweed
Asclepias viridiflora – Green Milkweed
Asclepias verticillata
– Whorled Milkweed
Aster ericoides
– Heath Aster
Aster oblongifolius
– Aromatic Aster
Aster oolentangiensis
– Sky-blue Aster
Aster sagittifolius – Arrow-leaved Aster
Aster sericeus
– Silky Aster
Aquilegia canadensis – Wild Columbine
Betula papyrifera – White Birch
Botrychium dissectum – Dissected Grape-fern
Bouteloua curtipendula
– Side-oats Grama
Bouteloua hirsuta
– Hairy Grama
Bromus kalmii
– Prairie Brome
Campanula rotundifolia
– Harebell
Carex pennsylvanica – Pennsylvania Sedge
Castilleja sessiliflora – Downy Yellow Painted Cup
Celastrus scandens – American Bittersweet
Cirsium discolor – Field Thistle
Comandra umbellata
– Bastard Toadflax
Coreopsis palmata – Prairie Coreopsis
Cornus racemosa – Gray Dogwood
Dalea purpurea
– Purple Prairie Clover
Draba reptans
– Common Whitlow-grass
Elymus trachycaulus – Slender Wheat Grass
Eragrostis spectabilis – Purple Lovegrass
Erigeron pulchellus – Robin’s Plantain
Fragaria sp. – Wild Strawberry
Hedeoma hispida
– Rough Pennyroyal
Helianthus occidentalis – Western Sunflower
Juniperus communis – Common Juniper
Juniperus virginiana – Eastern Red Cedar
Lespedeza capitata – Round-headed Bush Clover
Linum sulcatum
– Grooved Yellow Flax
Lithospermum incisum
– Fringed Puccoon
Lobelia spicata
– Spiked Lobelia
Monarda fistulosa – Monarda
Muhlenbergia cuspidata – Prairie Satin Grass
Oenothera biennis – Evening Primrose
Panicum oligosanthes
– Few-flowered Panicgrass
Prunus americana – Wild Plum
Prunus pennsylvanica – Fire Cherry
Prunus serotina – Wild Black Cherry
Prunus virginiana – Chokecherry
Pteridium aquilinum – Bracken Fern
Quercus alba – White Oak
Quercus macrocarpa – Burr Oak
Quercus velutina – Black Oak
Rhus typhina – Staghorn Sumac
Rubus flagellaris – Northern Dewberry
Sanicula marilandica – Black Snakeroot
Schizachyrium scoparium
– Little Bluestem
Scutellaria parvula var. missouriensis
- Skullcap
Senecio paupercula
– Balsam Ragwort
Sisyrinchium campestre
– Blue-eyed Grass
Solidago nemoralis
– Gray Goldenrod
Solidago ptarmicoides – Upland White Goldenrod
Sorghastrum nutans – Indian Grass
Spiranthes magnicamporum
– Great Plains Ladies Tresses
Sporobolus heterolepis
– Prairie Dropseed
Tradescantia ohiensis – Spiderwort
Viola x palmata
– Early Blue Violet
Viola pedata
– Bird’s-foot Violet
Viola pedatifida
– Prairie Violet
Zanthoxylum americanum – Prickly Ash
Zigadenus elegans – White Camas
Zizia aurea – Golden  Alexander

Insects

I haven’t done a formal survey of the insects on Sumac Prairie, but here are two unusual ones that I’ve seen there.

Chlosyne gorgone – Gorgone Checkerspot  (a prairie-dependent butterfly)

Cycnia inopinatus  - Unexpected Cycnia Moth (according to an assessment by James Bess at the USDA Forest Service: “[this moth is] primarily associated with high quality barrens remnants”)

Birds

Every year Golden Eagles come down from far northern Canada to spend the winter hunting on the goat prairies of the Driftless Area.  The National Eagle Center in Wabasha conducts an annual winter count of these birds.  Most years we record more Golden Eagles in Buffalo County than in any other Driftless Area county.

During the 2014 count (on January 18, 2014) there were 9 Golden Eagles sighted in the count area near the two Badger Bluff Sands goat prairies (the snowy weather this year made it difficult to see the eagles – in the past they’ve seen as many as 26 in this same area).

In most years the counters reliably see several Golden Eagles along Oak Valley road, and at least one pair of Golden Eagles in Schoepps Valley.  If we destroy our Buffalo County goat prairies, these magnificent birds may not continue to come here.

Inadequate survey methodology

It’s unfortunate that the Natural Heritage Inventory ‘survey’ of the Badger Bluff Sands site was not conducted by actually looking at the plants and animals at the site. The reclamation plan states that: “No sightings of this plant [the rare Hill’s Thistle] have been noted.”   But since no one with the expertise to recognize it has looked, it may be that that species, and possibly other rare species, are actually there.  Because of the unique habitats and special nature of the landscape, a professional naturalist should survey the site to determine if any of these species occur there, and if these areas deserve protection.

Restoration is not possible

I know from my experience in trying to reconstruct the prairie areas on our land, that it’s impossible to replicate the complexity and diversity of those original remnants.  Once a goat prairie is destroyed, it’s gone forever.   Looking at these photographs, I try to imagine destroying them to put a mine in their place.  Does that really seem like appropriate land use given the special nature of this beautiful landscape?

Land use

Another issue is whether we want to change the character of the Buffalo County landscape.  The driftless topography and vegetation make our county attractive to tourists and hunters.   Both the goat prairies on the BBS property face scenic roads (Schoepps Valley Road and Oak Valley Road), so the mining activities will be visible to everyone.

If we allow this to happen, we will begin to change the character of the countryside, making it less attractive for us to live in, and also to the visitors who support our tourist industry.   Few tourists will be interested in driving on roads where they see mines, rather than wooded hills and prairies.

Here is a picture of the Segerstrom mine on Highway 37.  Imagine replacing two Dry Prairie openings with operations that look like this while the mine is in operation.  And know for a fact that there is no way to replace that dry prairie once the mining is done.

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Appendix – Excerpt from Badger Bluff Sands Reclamation Plan

B. Biological Resources, Plant Communities, and Wildlife
(page 4, BBW Rec Plan Body)

“A search of the National [sic – should be “Natural”] Heritage Inventory (NHI) listed two species that may occur in the wet plant and Phase I areas, which are the Mud Darter (Etheostoma asprigene) and the Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). The NHI listed six species for the Phase II and II I areas, which are the Pirate Perch (Aphredoderus sayanus), Mud Darter (Etheostoma asprigene), Weed Shiner (Notropis texanus), Hill’s Thistle (Cirsium hillii), Dry Prairie community type, and Wood Turtle (Glyptemus insculpta). The NHI list and Wisconsin DNR information on each species can be found in Appendix D.

“The Pirate Perch prefers the quiet waters of oxbows, overflow ponds, sloughs, marshes, ditches, and the pools of medium to large rivers, with sand covered or soft muck bottoms and or ganic debris present. The Mud Darter prefers moderate currents in sloughs, overflow areas, riffles, and pools of large, low-gradient rivers over bottoms of mud, sand, gravel, clay, or bedrock. The Weed Shiner prefers sloughs, lakes, and still-to-sluggish sections of medium streams to large rivers, over substrates of sand, mud, clay, silt, detritus, gravel, or boulders. It is possible that these fish could be found in Schoepps Valley Creek, but there are no plans of impacting the creek to disturb them. Storm water management measures will be taken to prevent runoff from the mine site from entering the stream.

“Dry Prairies are natural communities that usually occur on steep south or west facing slopes or at the summits of river bluffs with sandstone or dolomite bedrock near the surface. The mine site contains mostly forested areas and some agricultural land, but there are two locations that could potentially qualify as dry prairie. One is the south facing hill in Phase I, and the other is portion of the south facing hill in Phase III.  [note: there are no plans listed to survey or protect these areas]

“Hill’s Thistle is a state threatened plant found generally in dry prairies and oak barrens or in areas that contain dry, sandy soils. No sightings of this plant have been noted.

“Bald Eagles are a state special concern (fully protected) bird. They prefer large trees in isolated areas within proximity to large areas of surface water, large complexes of deciduous forest, coniferous forest, wetland, and shrub communities. No nests exist on or near the mine site, but there are sightings of them in the vicinity as they hunt for food.

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Glacier Sands — key information about what you can do

UPDATE:  TUESDAY 4-MARCH:

Because of your concerted citizen action throughout Buffalo County, Glacier Sands withdrew their application just prior to the County Board meeting.  Here’s their letter.  Several things to note — here are multimillionaire Texas oil men accusing you the many citizens of Buffalo County who wrote letters testified, voted and filed petitions of “tainting” the process.  The notion of glass houses comes to mind.

And they’re doing the same thing they did last time — they’re leaving the door open to return.  How can we miss them when they won’t go away?  Thanks to the thousands of you who participated in one way or another.  And remember…  “No means NO!”

Glacier withdrawlORIGINAL POST:

This is a post to summarize what you can do to help stop the Glacier Sands rail facility across from the CFC School

Read the application

Here’s a map of where this will go (clicking on this map will take you to a Google Maps map that you can explore).

Glacier map

Click HERE to download the whole application

Attend Meetings

(click on the date — we’ll post meeting details as we get them — no link means that we don’t know the time or location of the meeting yet)

  • Feb 11th, 2014, 6pm, CFC School Auditorium — Presentation by Glacier, no public comment (Zoning Committee)
  • Feb 13th, 2014, 6pm, CFC School Auditorium — Public comment, possibility of decision (Zoning Committee)
  • Feb 18th, 2014, 6pm, CFC School Auditorium — As-needed meeting to make decision (Zoning Committee)
  • Mar 4th, 2014, 7pm, Buffalo County Courthouse, 3rd floor Boardroom — Consideration by the full Board (County Board)

Subscribe to the email list

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Contact your County Board member

This lame-duck Board is ramming this proposal through just before a new Board is seated.  Let them know that you would like this vote to be delayed until the new Board (that is going to have to deal with the consequences of the decision) is seated in April.  The old Board is the wrong group to make this choice that will profoundly change our county for at least 20 years.  CLICK HERE for the list (and phone numbers) of the current Board members.  Note: the picture at the top of this Buffalo County website page is way out of date, but the list of names at the bottom is current.

Spread the word

Let people know what’s going on.  This is an exact repeat of last year’s attempt to put a major frac sand rail transfer facility directly across from CFC School at the junction of Highway 35 and 88.  Here’s a map — the arrows indicate where the trucks are coming from and where they’ll be headed.

Starkey

 

 

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