seas. Presently, the gas industry wants to up the percentage to 40% with thefinal goal of 70%. Less than 15 years ago the Ogallala aquifer had 978 trilliongallons of water and had an average depth of 240 feet. This aquifer stretchesfrom Texas to South Dakota and is used for irrigation, drinking water, alcohol production (13 gallons of fresh water turned to toxic water for every 1 gallon of alcohol produced), and fracking (depending on the well, 1 million to 7 milliongallons of water are used per fracking operation and a well can be fracked up to18 times.). In less than 15 years of usage the Ogallala now has less than 1/3
it‟s water left. With frackin
g on the rise, we can expect the Ogallala to run outof water in 5 to 8 years. We may be drilling for clean water then, and hoping toget it to the house for 4 or 5 dollars/gallon.(Some people in the above mentioned states want to pump water from LakeSuperior; how long will Lake Superior remain the largest fresh water body inthe world?)
Have we learned nothing from the Reserve Mining affair? Obviously many inWisconsin have not. Oh, how quickly man forgets or greed gets in his way.
sand companies are „good neighbors‟”. From my point of view, I don‟tthink so. Unless of course one doesn‟t see the bullying of local boards with
threats of lawsuit or the ignoring of moratoriums and town ordinances as beinga bad neighbor. I have seen or heard of this in four different states and personally know of several cases. These sand companies see lawsuits as thecost of doing business, whether they initiate the lawsuit or one is filed againstthem. Only the State has the power to control them, and that is the reason thatthe companies want the regulation of their activities left with the localauthorities.With this letter, it is my hope to impress upon you, just how complicated thisissue is. Obviously, you are both aware that it is a global issue, and it is myhope that you will base your approach to regulation on a broad spectrum of inquiry.Thank you for your time.Sincerely Yours,
James J. Drost BS, MS Mining & Metallurgical Research Engineering
8682 Jamaca Ave. N.Stillwater, MN 55082Tel. 651-426-2779