Town of Howard residents express concerns about sand mine

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Howard (WQOW) — An application for a frac sand mine license in Chippewa County has caused an uproar in the community.

Monday, community members gathered at the town hall to express their concerns about the mine.

News 18 went out to the Town of Howard to find out what residents were worried about with the sand mine, and met Daniel Bartz. Bartz’s home is right in front of where Northern Sands Wisconsin LLC wants to have the mine, and his main concern is his family’s health.

“If there’s truth about air breathing in, we don’t want to breath that in, and our wells and everything else as in moving the earth, wells are in concern,” Bartz said.

Bartz said his neighbors also have these concerns and are worried about what the mine will do to their home.

James Frisch lives in Colfax, but it’s close to the county line, and said the mine will affect his property value.

“We have our life savings tied up in the home, as do all of our neighbors or most of them,” Frisch said. “We’re not players in the stock market, we don’t have investments in New York City, this is it. When this sand mine begins our investments go down and the chance of us selling our home to anybody is pretty much zero.”

Frisch said he decided to live out in the country for peace and quiet, and said that will all change if they put a sand mine near his home.

At the meeting many community members spoke up about their concerns, and a lot of residents were worried about the noise.

“We stuck our life savings in a new home that we thought was going to be quiet and star lit at night et cetera only to find out we’re on the edge of a very noisy frankly application of industry,” said Mark Radl, a Colfax resident.

News 18 reached out Northern Sands Wisconsin LLC who was at Monday night’s meeting as well. They said they had no comment on these community concerns at this time. However, they do plan to take notes on all of the unanswered questions at the meeting and address them at the next meeting.

 

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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