Steve Diller, an agriculture and applied economics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently said frac-sand mines can result in some jobs paying pretty good wages, but once the land is used for that purpose, it can't be used for anything else. A mine isn't going to grow corn, nor is it likely to be a good spot for tourism or outdoor recreation.
Is the possible benefit of some temporary jobs worth the permanent assault on the land, the air pollution, the vastly increased truck traffic, the cost of tourism, etc.? Also, such mining puts us in collusion with the significant damage to environment and human life elsewhere in our nation where frac mining takes place.
My response to this trade off is to urge our elected representatives to ban all future sand mining from Winona County.