Wisconsin Frac Sand Alert: Hearing Mon. March 3rd AND Farm and Rural Lobby Day Tues. March 4th

The following is a hastily assembled amalgamation of information from Wisconsin Farmer’s Union and Chippewa Valley advocate, Patricia Popple:

Frac Sand Alert! From WISCONSIN FARMER’S UNION
An amended version of the sand mining preemption bill (formerly SB 349) was introduced, and is scheduled for a hearing on 3/3/14(Monday).

The new bill numbers are Senate Bill 632 and Assembly Bill 816.

Senate
PUBLIC HEARING
Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue

The committee will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time specified below:

Monday, March 3, 2014
12:00 PM
412 East
This will be a joint hearing with the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy and Mining.

Senate Bill 632 – Link to legislation

Relating to: local regulation of nonmetallic mining and preservation of marketable nonmetallic mineral deposits.
By Senator Tiffany; cosponsored by Representative Ballweg.

PDF of testimony on these bills from environmental attorney Glenn Stoddard

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From Wisconsin Farmers Union:

Come to Madison this coming Tuesday, March 4th for Farm and Rural Lobby Day to learn more about the contents of this new frac sand mining bill, and to share your views with legislators. We need your voice in Madison next Tuesday! Additional Farm and Rural Lobby Day agenda items will include:
* protecting access to groundwater for future generations
* improving funding for rural schools
* campaign finance reform

The event (including lunch) is free of charge, but advance registration is required. Although the mail-in registration deadline has already passed, we will continue to accept registrations through this weekend via our online registration form.

We are also offering bus transportation for Lobby Day participants! We will have stops in Eau Claire, Black River Falls, Mauston, and Portage. Call or write to Kara for the bus schedule if you are interested.

Visit Wisconsin Farmers Union for further details.

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The following is from an email written by Patricia Popple:

So, you ask, WHAT CAN I DO TO EXPRESS MY VIEWS ON SB632 AND AB816?

1. .. Open up and read the two attachments for ideas. One is a testimonial letter written by
Attorney Glenn Stoddard; the other is a page of Talking Points from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters you can use when studying the documents and creating written and verbal commentary.

Letter from Glenn Stoddard

Talking points from League of Conservation Voters

2. write to your legislators and call them to express your views. Handwritten letters are important. Keep a copy. Share with others for ideas.

3. write letters to the editor in local as well as more distant newspapers

4. talk to your friends and relatives to have them engaged in writing and telling others about the bills

5. attend the hearing in Madison and present your experiences as well as information about local rights of citizens at the hearing. Always leave
a copy of your presentation for each of the committee members. Send copies to your legislators also.

6. attend Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 4 to talk with your legislators about your views and your experiences. As for their support of citizens and Town officials.

7. continue writing and speaking; don’t give up.

8. contact your local Town Board members as well as your County Board members who represent you to oppose these bills. Keep them informed about what is occurring in Madison.

9. If you have other ideas, please share them with others. Create a project you can do as a group of concerned citizens. THE POWER IS IN THE PEOPLE!

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