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Intro: "On Monday, nearly forty people blocked truck traffic from entering 'Mount Frac' - the Winona, MN dumping site for silica sand mined in Wisconsin and Minnesota's beautiful driftless region before being shipped out for hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' sites all over the country."

Protesters block trucks from entering the Modern Transport Rail loading terminal on West Second Street in Winona, Minn. (photo: Andrew Link/AP/ Winona Daily News)
Protesters block trucks from entering the Modern Transport Rail loading terminal on West Second Street in Winona, Minn. (photo: Andrew Link/AP/ Winona Daily News)

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+23 # bugbuster 2012-02-16 12:41
Given 'em hell! Non-violent hell, of course. That's the only kind that works, right? Stay on the high road and let the low road crowd stand out for what they are.
+24 # giraffee2012 2012-02-16 13:06
Why should any of the 99 let the 1% make $$$ leaving their land, air, water etc ruined. I'm so glad these people stood up in their non-violent manner and by so doing ARE excercing their RIGHTS until they can elect OUT those who feed OFF the 1%.

In 2012 we SHOULD see a new bunch of local and fed representatives /senators/gover nors etc. Hope the people will see the GOP/TP will take us back to the pre-historic area - and NEVER VOTE GOP/TP or down we go.

Keep the government OUT of women's, minorities' etc bodies, pocket-books, and show them the DOOR
+16 # dyannne 2012-02-16 13:15
GOOD for these people! The fracking people sneaked in under the radar. That says everything. If they weren't harming those people they would not have weaseled in. Damn corporations.
+19 # howard1912 2012-02-16 13:18
I agree, we should not stop the protests against the hydro-fracking processs. We in NYS are also fighting this issue as well as most states from NH to Texas as this is a process making our drinking water unsafe.
+15 # barkingcarpet 2012-02-16 14:47
THANK YOU to all the good people anywhere, who are standing up for a livable future.

Yes, WE can!

And, it is going to be up to us to institute sane rules and laws before all nature is reduced to toxic landfill for worthless dollars.

True wealth and security are to be found in communities which take care of each other, all life, and the environments which sustain all of our lives.
+9 # Susan1989 2012-02-16 15:52
It is obvious that the wellbeing of innocent citizens is being trampled on. Their elected officials are there to protect them....and if they do not...then they must be voted out. Americans cannot pursue happiness if their land, air, and water is being poisoned. It is vital that the citizens in threatened areas demonstrate,to their elected officials that they will not allow the quality of their lives to be jeopardized.
+7 # Eliza D 2012-02-16 20:11
Where do these gas company owners think they are going to escape to when most of the country is aflame with gas billowing from these open wells and the groundwater contaminated from hundreds of leaks? Is there any place in our country that is immune from the greedy, intrusive hands of the entrepreneurial corporadoes, intent on razing every last blade of grass to get to money-making "resources" to help improve the "quality of life" for the majority? Quality of life now means working round the clock so that we can buy more junk made in China, which wears out so fast, that we must work more to buy more! No more pillaging! Leave us out trees and birds and water. We like them better than corporations.
+2 # Windy126 2012-02-18 11:59
These frackers are going to kill the tourist industry in Wisconsin. After they get through with it there will nothing left of the beauty of Wisconsin. No wild life, polluted lakes and rivers, dead fish, and sick people. I know two farmers who were approached by these people. One sold out and the other refused because they were not offering him enough. The first one asked what was going to happen to his land. He was told it would be a lake.
These corporate owners much be planning on living in Newtie boys moon colony. Because there is not going to be anything here.

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