21 May '12, 9pm

Fracking companies are storming rural Wisconsin, bringing money and misery with them:

Fracking companies are storming rural Wisconsin, bringing money and misery with them:

There was no time for public education about the potential negative possibilities of frac-sand mining: the destruction of the hills, the decline in property values, the danger of silicosis (once considered a strictly occupational lung disease) from blowing silica dust, contamination of groundwater from the chemicals used in the processing plants, the blaze of lights all night long, noise from hundreds of train cars, houses shaken by blasting. Ron Koshoshek, a leading environmentalist who works with Wisconsin’s powerful Towns Association to educate townships about the industry, says that “frac-sand mining will virtually end all residential development in rural townships.” The result will be “a large-scale net loss of tax dollars to towns, increasing taxes for those who remain.”

Full article: http://grist.org/natural-gas/against-the-grain-fracking-c...

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