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MAR 2013

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Frac Sand Uproar in Minnesota KARE TV in Minnesota is reporting that the state House Energy Policy Committee and the Senate Environ��� ment and Energy Committee heard testimony on frac sand mining from an overflow group of citizens asking for further regulation and time to study the issue; and from industry ad��� vocates speaking in support of the practice and the jobs it creates. They asked lawmakers to impose new per��� mitting standards on frac sand mining operations, to protect water and air quality and to help cities handle the heavy truck traffic connected with them. Several local communities in that part of the state, known for its bluffs and rolling tree���covered hills, have im��� posed temporary moratoriums on frac sand mining and processing opera��� tions. Opponents argued that the existing permitting process for quarries that produce sand and gravel for aggregate and concrete mixes, isn't sufficient for large scale mining operations produc��� ing fine silica destined for oil fields in other states that has the potential to cause silicosis. Frac sand supporters said that the ex��� isting approval process for non���metal mining is stringent enough, and com��� panies already jump through enough bureaucratic hoops to gain permits from state agencies. She said the air���monitoring process in place for traditional sand and gravel operations will adequately protect cit��� izens. She said the Minnesota Pollu��� tion Control Agency would step in if more oversight were needed. ���These types of mining operations have been operating for decades and decades successfully in Minnesota, in a regu��� lated, effective fashion.��� Kirsten Pauley, a geologist and civic engineer who is consulting the Min��� nesota Industrial Sand Council, held up a thick document during her testi��� mony. ���This is the recently issued air emis��� sions permit for Tiller Corp.���s drying facility up in North Branch,��� she ex��� plained. ���It's more than 100 pages of permit itself, and more than 200 pages of technical support.��� New Documentary Offers Another Take on Fracking Phelim McAleer, a filmmaker and investigative journal��� ist, has released a new documentary called ���FrackNa��� tion.��� In the movie, McAleer faces threats, cops and bogus lawsuits as he questions green extremists for the truth about fracking. McAleer uncovers fracking facts suppressed by environ��� mental activists, and he talks with rural Americans whose livelihoods are at risk if fracking is banned. ���FrackNation��� was made after McAleer confronted ���Gasland��� filmmaker Josh Fox at a Q&A in Chicago. McAleer asked Fox about instances of water being lit on fire well before fracking occurred in America and why he didn���t include that information in ���Gasland.��� Fox said the information ���wasn���t relevant.��� Fox was letting on. ���FrackNation��� was funded by 3,305 backers on the in��� vestment���capital website Kickstarter who generously donated $212,265 to have McAleer investigate more about fracking and tell the other side of the story. All funds from oil and gas companies or their executives were rejected, according to the filmmaker. The TV premiere was Jan. 22, on cable network AXS TV. McAleer has produced documentaries for CBC (Canada) and RTE (Ireland) and two independent feature length documentaries. McAleer disagreed and put their exchange on YouTube. Fox sued to have it removed. That���s when McAleer realized there was more to the story of fracking than Josh 14 ROCKproducts ��� MARCH 2013

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