Taylor Smith: Defeating frac sand moratorium good for Minnesota

2013-04-28T00:00:00Z 2013-07-22T11:01:21Z Taylor Smith: Defeating frac sand moratorium good for MinnesotaBy TAYLOR SMITH Mount Prospect, Ill. Winona Daily News
April 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

I disagree with the Land Stewardship Project that Minnesota state government needs to play an active role in frac sand mining (State frac sand moratorium unlikely, Apr. 24). By imposing a moratorium on frac sand mining, which the LSP advocates, jobs will be destroyed and revenues will be lost to state and local governments.

According to Information Handling Services, Inc., Minnesota’s supplier networks, trade flows, and other economic activity related to frac sand mining supported 19,000 good-paying jobs in the state, and the number is expected to grow to 42,000 by 2035 – 1.2 percent of the state’s labor force.

In 2012 the frac sand industry contributed nearly $2 billion in value-added economic activity, generating $260 million in state and local tax revenues. By 2035, economic activity is expected to grow to $4.7 billion.

Those projections were made using the assumption that all state and local policies remained constant. There’s no doubt a state-wide moratorium would severely hamper that growth, if not end it all together.

Taylor Smith is a policy analyst for The Heartland Institute.

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  1. Joe Friday
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    Joe Friday - April 29, 2013 12:05 am
    Unlike LSP, Heartland is astroturf--nothin' grassroots about it. And they make stuff up:

    From a physicist: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-boslough/a-valentine-from-the-hear_b_2570839.html

    "Last year the president of Heartland, Joseph Bast, derided me for exposing his organization's anti-science activities, fabrication of climate data, and defamation campaigns against scientists. Unlike the old Chicago gangs, they don't kill people. But they do engage in character assassination.

    Heartland's thugs specialize in smearing scientists on their well-funded website and in the comments sections of newspapers. James M. Taylor is the editor of a Heartland publication, and it is his job to make up fake stuff about scientists. Last year, he was caught falsifying biographical information -- claiming, for example, that Ph.D. scientists don't actually have the degree they list on their resume."
  2. Joe Friday
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    Joe Friday - April 28, 2013 11:09 pm
    Amen Leslie! Out-of-state climate denying 'free market' think tank--Exxon Mobile being a large donor. Must think we're a bunch of country rubes.
  3. Leslie Hittner
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    Leslie Hittner - April 28, 2013 7:10 am
    The Heartland Institute, you say?

    This is a classic example of the fox attempting to guard the henhouse. The assertion that 19,000 jobs are already secure in Minnesota frac sand mining activities seems absurd. I'd like to see THAT data.

    My prediction: Frac sand mining is a short term "gold rush." and many of the companies will conveniently go bankrupt before they are able to fulfill their obligations to clean up their mess. That's why "big oil" companies aren't coming into this area under their own names.
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