Monday, March 18, 2013

Rein Application for Expansion 

What you can do: Contact commissioners urging them to call for EIS.

Fillmore Commissioners are voting Apr 2, 9:00a, whether or not to approve the Rein permit.

Background info: Public comment period expired, and the comments have been reviewed. Important concerns were raised in the public comments, especially from the MPCA and other state agencies, that

the EAW shows the "potential for significant environmental effects."

The written response to the comments indicates that we still don't have enough information about the potential environmental effects.

At the meeting, if they do find the potential exists, they have to call for a full EAW.

If they do not, they can issue a permit for the expansion at that meeting.

We stiill have time to contact our commissioners about the inadequate response to those comments and the need for EIS. Ensure that you make it clear that this is not a comment on the EAW, but on their responsibility to call for an EIS.

How to contact the commissioners
link to site

Talking points

There is a potential for significant environmental

The written response to the comments indicates that we still don't have enough information about the potential environmental effects.

MPCA commented: do an EIS.

An EIS is required, not only to fill in the blanks of basic information, but in addition, to address the project's environmental impacts and provide a comparative analysis of its economic and sociological effects.  We need an EIS that considers reasonable alternatives, including the "no-build" alternative.  We need information on future stages of the proposed mine to examine cumulative impacts.  Only then will Fillmore County officials be able to make a wise decision on a conditional use permit.
  The cumulative effects of the Rein mine expansion, along with the other silica sand projects known or discussed in our area have potential for significant environmental impacts.  An EIS is needed to study them thoroughly.

Comments are here  and here

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Sometimes, not beginning is the greatest form of self-abuse. - John O'Donohue

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

It's Summer Reading Program time again

I've been given the dubious honor of being point person for the SRP.
Never done it before.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

emmm, where are you?

Looks like I've been wasting blog space. All this time, I could have been expounding on all sorts of things I don't know anything about!

Gosh, how the world has been deprived, and I'm sure they'll be so disappointed... as soon as they notice.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Watching the Moon

Watching the moon

at midnight

solitary, mid-sky

I knew myself completely,

no part left out.

-- Izumi Shikibu, translation by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani