Glenwood City, WI
For a group of concerned parents and residents who make up the grassroots Glenwood City Citizens for Legal and Ethical Representation it has been two long years of battle for the citizens of Glenwood City, Wis., as they make one final push to prevent an open-air sand frac mine from being built within city limits.
The rally will take place at City Hall (113 West Oak Street) on Monday, September 8 at 5:00 pm.
“This rally will host speakers in an attempt to get City Council and the mayor to explain why they are allowing this mine into a community where it will harm far more than help,” said Julie Augesen of Glenwood City. “We are also demanding they answer concerns about the questionable process that led them to this decision and the recent revelations about Vista Sands Owner Roger Sikes.”
Vista Sands plans to build the mine just a half mile from public schools, and it has caused many parents to worry about their children not only inhaling the silica dust, but also the increased traffic of semi-trucks hauling this sand near the places where many of these children play.
Sportsmen also fear that this mine will ruin the sensitive ecosystem of Tiffany Creek. This creek will be exposed to the silt, sand and chemical runoff which will have a huge impact of this trout stream.
It was recently revealed that Roger Sikes, owner of Vista Sands, has been in prison on charges of child sexual assault and indecency with a child-sexual contact since June 30th. A fact the company did not disclose till it was revealed KWWL TV in Waterloo, Iowa. This has increased concerns about the trustworthiness of Vista Sands, and their commitment to protecting the environment and the health and well-being of the people of Glenwood City.
Glenwood City Citizens for Legal and Ethical Representation is calling all concerned citizens of St. Croix and the surrounding counties to join them for the protest at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 8th, at City Hall (113 West Oak Street).
NOTE: originally added in a comment at the old location for this blog was this video