Sand is something that’s been mined and played in for years

To the Editor:

My letter is in response to a letter written to the Houston Banner by Dora Goodwater of Houston, Minn.

After doing a bit of research, I could not find, nor have I ever heard of a Dora Goodwater from Houston and I have lived here since 1966, which makes me wonder who is the real author?

It contained several statements about diseases including breast cancer being somehow connected to frac sand. Frac sand isn’t a new thing; it is a new term for the same sand I played in, my children, grandchildren and great grand children are enjoying at our farm. It’s misleading to try and link a new term for the same material we’ve mined, used for sand boxes, on our roads and in industry to make glass and other products as some new toxic material.

What is the harm in digging sand out of our pit and earning an income from that? It is our land and we should be able to do with it what we see fit. It makes me think of the story of Chicken Little. She was out walking one day and an acorn hit her on the head. She proceeded to think the worst and decided the sky was falling when in reality, it was just an acorn.

Could this whole frac sand issue simply be the acorn and our commissioners and other groups are turning it into the sky is falling?


Kitty Tostenson

Houston, MN

  • Tristin Ott

    It is not the sand that’s being mined that you should be worried about. It is the process called hydraulic fracturing that uses the sand that causes concern. Hydraulic fracturing is used to obtain natural gas from 8,000 feet underground. It uses a mixture of water and chemicals to blast the earth away. Up to 7,000,000 gallons of this dangerous mixture are used. Do the research and form an educated opinion on this matter. I’m fine with people who disagree with my opinion, just not with people who are so ignorant on a topic that decides the fate of the environment of Southeastern Minnesota.