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WHY JOIN F.R.E.E. - A new member perspective

The majority of people care about their families, homes, and communities, and are grateful for the quality of life we have in this beautiful part of the world in southeastern Minnesota.  We get caught up in the ‘busyness’ of our daily lives with personal, family, work and community commitments and don’t always pay much attention to all the issues which could impact everything we care about.  We elect government officials like our county commissioners and trust them to appropriately and effectively manage issues affecting the safety, health and well-being of all of us and the land where we live.  Unfortunately, this is not the situation we have with our government in Houston County Minnesota, and for that this reason, we all need to educate ourselves on the issues and become actively engaged in efforts to hold our county government accountable to do their jobs according to their own laws and the will of the people who elected them.

Frac sand is used to support the oil and gas industry in doing high pressure hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ in other parts of the U.S., including Texas and the Dakotas as well as in Canada.  Southeast Minnesota is targeted as the next supplier of frac sand.  The mining and processing of frac sand brings a significant and serious threat to everything we all care about in Houston County, including damages to our air quality, water resources, roads, and home values. Look no further than our neighbors in Wisconsin to see the devastating impact of this industry.  Despite public hearings, e-mails, letters and public comments at their weekly board meetings, the Houston County Commissioners are not listening. They are not making decisions that represent the will of the majority of citizens who want to ban the mining and processing of frac sand in Houston County.

Working together, individuals and families can take action and make a difference.  Join F.R.E.E to help facilitate change in our county government and protect what we all care about here in Houston County, both for our generation and for the generations to come.