Crawford Stewardship Project works to protect the environment of Crawford County and neighboring regions from threats of polluting and extractive industries, to promote sustainable land use, environmental justice, and local control of natural resources
Crawford Stewardship Project is a nonprofit organization.
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Crawford Stewardship Project
P.O. Box 284
Gays Mills, WI 54631
Crawford Stewardship Project is grateful for the generous support of the Wisconsin Community Fund.
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
"CAFOs are only profitable because so much of the cost and damage is externalized onto the environment, neighbors and wildlife. The monitoring, supervision, clean-up, restitution, fines are not happening, thus the true cost of CAFOs never find the way onto the balance books." Talking point from the CAFO Conference.
The story of Bridgeport is being played out in various ways all over Wisconsin and our neighboring states. Crawford Stewardship Project (CSP), Friends of the Lower Wisconsin (FLOW) and Bridgeport Concerned Citizens (BCC) attended and commented at most of these meetings. For the official Pattison documents, go to: http://lwr.state.wi.us/section.asp?linkid=1793&locid=50
CSP took video of all meetings starting with the public hearing on Nov. 14, 2012: http://www.youtube.com/user/CrawfordStewardship
Read Chronology Here...
News about SB 349For residents of Crawford County, find and contact your county, town, and village officers as well as your state representatives here:
Stripping local government of power to regulate mines lost more backing after the hearing last Thursday and now has been knocked off the fast track in the Senate until next Spring! Thank you to everyone who played any part in this. Though the hearing may have been discouraging at some level, powerful stories were told and those in power realized that they can't run entirely roughshod over We the People!
But we cannot allow this small relief to lull us into complacency, as our friend and ally, Sharon Swiggum said, better than I could, "Be vigilant! Stay alert! Relentlessly work against SB349! It is scary and it would only benefit the mining industry and its employees as it devastates Wisconsin and the citizens of Wisconsin!" If we are going to stop this bill outright, we need not only our state representatives to hear our voices, but also strong responses from the Town and County Associations so please do contact your most local representatives, speak your mind, and ask them to do so as well.
Sept. 24, 2013 revision
The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board voted against the frac sand mine in the Riverway in Bridgeport Township, 6 against, and 2 for it on August 22. The board voted for the intent of the law. Crawford Stewardship Project applauds the board members for their courage, voting in support of the Riverway’s mission statement: “to protect and preserve the scenic beauty and natural character of the LowerWisconsin State Riverway”! It was a difficult decision for all the board members, and we thank them for their discussions and each of the board members for their thorough review over the last ten months.
This success came from all the individuals and groups who brought their concerns forward. The room was packed. At the meeting, we heard eloquent comments from so many of you, plus the board received an outpouring of comments from citizens prior to the meeting. There were just a few people who contacted the board in favor of the mine, most with economic interests in the mine.
While the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board voted against the Bridgeport land owners frac sand mining proposal in the Riverway, the Bridgeport Town Board and Planning Commission voted for frac sand mining in March, with virtually no conditions in the permit. About 1/3 of the mine is located within the Riverway, and 2/3 is located on three properties in Bridgeport Township, leased by Pattison Sand. Further, on August 10 the Bridgeport Planning Commission and on August 14 the Board, voted that the mine could commence as Pattison has their stormwater and air permits completed with the DNR.
On August 21, Crawford Stewardship Project and four Bridgeport plaintiffs filed a legal challenge of the Bridgeport Town decision. The basis of the lawsuit is that the town failed to follow it's zoning, failed to address questions from citizens, put virtually no conditions on the permit, and there are concerns of conflicts of interest with some of the officials who made the decisions. The lawsuit addresses the approximate 2/3 part of the frac sand mine on approximately 200 acres of Bridgeport land, outside the Riverway. At the same time, the plaintiffs requested an administrative hearing from the Town. On Sept. 18, the Bridgeport Town Board refused to grant the hearing in a vote of 2 to 1. Board Supervisor Rodney Fishler voted for the hearing saying, “The hearing is to answer the people’s questions. They were promised (answers) by the Board.” Attorney Glenn Reynolds and his associates will continue working with the plaintiffs to determine next steps.
Just recently, in response to the concerns from neighbors about dust coming from the mining operation, we learned that Pattison Sand plans to take tanker trucks of water from the Wisconsin River to control the dust when the run-off holding ponds are dry. There is no independent monitoring of that water use. When operating at full capacity, Pattison Sand “plans” to move an estimated 250, 40-ton trucks a day on Highway 60, across the Prairie du Chien Bridge to Pattison Sand and back, for the life of the mine. The DNR general permit for the mine requires a stormwater permit, but with no independent monitoring, and air monitoring was waived by the DNR.
Jon Erpenbach, District 27
Dale Schultz, District 17
Jennifer Shilling, District 32
Lee Nerison, District 96
Howard Marklein, District 51
Travis Tranel, District 49
Fred Clark, District 81
Organizations working on Mining:Articles on sand mining and it's hazards
Ecowatch.org - Mining Companies Invade Wisconsin For Frac Sand
WisconsinWatch.org - Sand mining surges in Wisconsin
Winona Daily News - Fracking fuels demand for sand
Minnesota Public Radio - SE Minnesota residents not digging the 'sand rush'
Reuters - Sand mining emerges as another fracking threat
MSNBC- Critics of energy fracking raise new concerns: Sand
Frack sand: An easily overlooked occupational hazard
Posted by The Pump Handle on June 4, 2012 by Elizabeth Grossman
Worker Exposure to Crystalline Silica During Hydraulic Fracturing
Center For Disease Control and Prevention - NIOSH Science Blog; Safer Healthier Workers May 23rd, 2012
US Government confirms link between earthquakes and hydraulic fracturing
Maps of spread of sand mines in Wisconsin
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Nonmetallic Mining Ordinances and Mining Agreements vary widely. Here are three different examples:
Crawford County example for townships, Crawford County, WI, Nonmetallic Mining Ordinance
Stockholm Township, Pepin County, WI, Nonmetallic Mining Ordinance
Town of Stockholm Frac Sand Licensing Ordinance.pdf
Howard Township, Chippewa County, WI, Nonmetallic Mining Ordinance and Mining Agreement
chip-howard ordinance 53.pdf
chip-howard ordinance 47.pdf
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Bridgeport Township Frac Sand Mine Location Map.
"Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law organization dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment."
They have great information on fracking -
Crispin Pierce, Associate Professor of Nursing at the UWEau Claire shares his Powerpoints on sand mining health concerns and other environmental health issues, including climate change.
Updated work of Dr. Pierce -
Sand Research Update 6/13
Bill Greendeer, a Ho-Chunk, Clan of the Deer member, speaking on frac sand mining and quoting the Ho-Chunk Nation's Resolution in opposition to frac sand mining at the Bridgeport Concerned Citizens public meeting on February 10, 2013, in Prairie du Chien, Crawford County, Wisconsin.
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Wayne Feyereisn, MD, FACP, Division of General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN - Powerpoint presented at the Houston County Protectors, Caledonia.
Dr. Feyereisn speaks to the health risks from air borne silica sand mining and chemical pollution of water from frac sand mining and processing
Dictionary of Frac-Sand Minerís Words, Terms, & Euphemistic Concepts
2012 Interactive Sand Mining Map. There are double the sand mining and processing sites from 2011 to 2012
Kelvin Rodolfo Presentation
Dr. Kelvin Rodolfo is Professor Emeritus with the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago.
Kelvin has applied his geologic, environmental and karst expertise to oppose Dairyland’s coal-ash dump and CAFOs in Vernon County. He continues to study Driftless karst in a pilot study of Viroqua and surrounding townships.
Read more and go to powerpoint
Jerry Lausted Presentation
Jerry was the facilitator for many of the Save Our Hills meetings that lead to the denial of a permit for the "Hoffman Hills" mine in Dunn County. He is currently serving on the Save the Hills Alliance board and is involved with a local sand working group which brings together leaders from several area community groups. He offered this powerpoint and presentation to the June 23, 2012Forum on Silica Sand Mining in Crawford County.
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Fracking Hell: The Untold Story
An original investigative report by Earth Focus and UK's Ecologist Film Unit looks at the risks of natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale. From toxic chemicals in drinking water to unregulated interstate dumping of potentially radioactive waste that experts fear can contaminate water supplies in major population centers including New York City, are the health consequences worth the economic gains?
Arial Views of Mines in Chippewa and Dunn Counties
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Air Monitoring Analysis-Chippewa Falls, WIThe results of an analysis of data collected from air monitors upwind and downwind from the Chippewa Falls Sand Plant are now being released to the public. See attached report for the detailed findings.
Read Summary of Report here.
Download the full Report here.
Frac Sand Mining in WI - Risks to Respiratory Health
Northwestern Wisconsin is experiencing a large expansion of frac sand mining and processing operations. Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are causing well publicized concerns over public health
and land use wherever it is done.
May 24, 2012
Letter to the Editors on breaches in wastewater containment during the 6 month moratorium.
Join the conversation on the many issues and local options surrounding industrial sand mining on June 23 at the Sand Mining Forum. Read....
February 11, 2012
Letter From McGregor Iowa City Administrator
Consequences of Sand Mining Transport for McGregor Iowa
Letter from Lynette L. Sander, City Administrator for McGreggor IA,