Saturday Short Read

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Last week, Minnesota regulators quietly issued a major fine of $85,000 against frac sand operator Tiller Corp. for a long list of violations, including emitting unsafe levels of toxic dust.

That’s the largest penalty levied against a frac sand company in the state in at least three years. And it’s the second largest fine issued to any industry by regulators at the state’s Pollution Control Agency this year.

The fine comes at a time when Minnesota is overhauling its rules for the burgeoning frac sand industry. Minnesota is the nation’s fourth largest producer of silica sand, a key ingredient used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Its neighbor Wisconsin is the top producer.

The frac sand industry is driving an economic boom across the region, providing thousands of new jobs and injecting millions of dollars in new development. But there’s concern about the growing frac sand industry’s impact on air, water, noise and light pollution. Minnesota officials are trying to address many of these issues with the current rulemaking effort.

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28 Responses to Saturday Short Read

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Snowing.

    I had food and cooking dreams.

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  2. º¿carol says:

    Good evening. Well, it’s almost evening. We had a dusting of snow last night, gone today because it got up over 40 degrees. Actually had sunshine, too. I should have hooked up the roller, ironed out some of the mole problems. When I have to used the snow blower to make trails to walk Quincy, the mole hills and heaved up tunnels will be a problem. Not to mention they always try to trip me.

    Dusted today, vacuumed, did the wash, cooked up a lunch. One more dinner hit of leftovers for Bob and tomorrow I’ll have to cook again. Thawed out 2 pounds of the good hamburger, will make a meatloaf. I detest meatloaf, but Bob doesn’t. Detest is a strong word, I should say I just don’t like it but I’ll eat it.

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  3. º¿carol says:

    Cops in Detroit murdered a guy in a dry cleaners. Seems there was a murder elsewhere and supposedly the guy in the cleaners was a suspect. Instead of an arrest and trip to see if he’s guilty, they just shot him. I think the old excuse of a perp going after a cop’s gun was used.

    No mention if the guy was black but the people making comments on the article assumed he was and that he deserved it. I’m sure I mentioned it before but it seems that most of the white people in the suburbs of Detroit are racist. Most of the ones that comment on articles in the Free Press certainly are. Nothing different in this article. The first comment I read was this one, that was hours ago and it’s still there. I can’t believe it hasn’t been deleted. I’m going to paste it here for you:

    Paul Finley · Top Commenter · Lincoln Park High School
    I’m not a racist but I’m sick of niggers getting away with murder us white people need to protect are kids from niggers especially are daughters

    I’m shocked that hasn’t been deleted. They don’t let the swear words stand. To me, the N word is also a swear word.

    Comments after that, mostly with that guy. A couple were not happy, some accused him of having a fake account with FB. Still, there wasn’t the outrage there should have been.

    Oh, and he got 4 “likes.”

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    All 3 outside display thermometers, in rare agreement, read 29 °F. The sidewalks are slippery.

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  5. David B. Benson says:

    L.L. Bean sent me a second catalog. Don’t recall buying anything from them.

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  6. Den says:

    So far no catalogs, but then I never buy anything except tires for the cycle and food, important stuff, post Black Friday ads say, “buy our tires cheap” the DR needs a new rear, maybe give it a Xmas present.
    Went to get groceries all ready heading out the door where I found a cowboy and his cart crosswise in the aisle thumbing his smartphone so I banged his cart, heh, heh, I loaded all my groceries in the car and he had still not come out of the store yet, own little world-er, cowboy edition.

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  7. Den says:

    Gweeted Italian Spaghetti, ate half there, the rest in the fridge for later, boy that stuff swells up once inside don’t it, ugh, no more room for beer, switch to brandy, takes up less space.

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    Teens is nippy!

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  9. Den says:

    Snowed a foot and a half up on the mountain 6K ft elev. rained off and on here all day with temps 55 or so. Time to cover your outside faucets with faucet covers unless they are frost-proof, bubble wrap the heck out of them in a pinch, and change the furnace filter for a nice new pleated variety also.
    Never gets that cold here, 25 minimum thank goodness

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  10. Den says:

    Right then, with that I bid adieu until the AM, my friends the sheep are bleeting once again, “please we need counting, baaaaaad,” better get to it then.

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