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Frac sand forum held in Mondovi


Mondovi (WQOW) - A local community had a chance to voice its concerns over the growing frac sand industry Saturday. A volunteer group hosted the forum, which featured a question and answer session.

"I'm not really opposed to mining, but I want good rules in place," said Lou Anne Roby, a member of the Buffalo County Defenders.

There were over 40 people at the Marten Center in Mondovi Saturday, hoping to learn everything they could about frac sand. 

"Our moratorium has been extended so that we can get a good ordinance in place. Part of the reason I put this on is so that we could inform people about what we need in an ordinance."

A volunteer group called the Buffalo County Defenders hosted the event. They encouraged those who showed up to ask questions about the industry.

"I'm wondering what the actual statistics are for this job creation. How many local people are actually hired? For how long? How many people are brought in?" asked one of the people in attendance.

"A lot of people in this area are not skilled in mining. They don't have the skills to do what needs to be done with technical pieces. A lot of work is being done with technology, and not everyone may have that," said Pat Popple, a guest speaker.

"These mines depicted in Chippewa County...has there been reclamation begun?" asked another person.

"In Chippewa Falls there were two wetlands mitigated, its called mitigation," Popple said.

"One of the cons is that it really, tremendously affects the property values. Have you developed any statistics about that?" a visitor asked.

"How many people really want to live near a train?" You know? Is my property going to be valued as high as it was before? We've had a down market anyway on all of our properties probably. So that's a really good question, and to get to the honest truth about that is almost impossible," said Popple.

Those were just some of the questions raised at the forum. There was also discussion on air quality as well as road and water usage.

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