Sunday, June 29, 2014

NWS Hearing Update!

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From: "Ashley Williams" <>
Date: Jun 28, 2014 1:26 PM
Subject: NWS Hearing Update!
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Hello friends, Ashley Williams here again!

I have updates about last week's NWS hearing to share with you all. First off, GOOD NEWS, after nearly 10 hours of testimony and cross examination, the Northern White Sand LLC public hearing concluded with the County Zoning Board of Appeals recommending a NO vote (failed 2-3) for Special-Use Application No. 1— the slurry/water pipeline, processing plant (set to be located atop the volatile, uncapped Brockman II Landfill and adjacent to the Brock I Superfund site), and rail and semi-truck transmodal facility. They did, however, recommend a YES vote (passed 3-2) for Special-Use Application No. 2— the barge terminal on the Illinois River complete with storage silos.  

This recommendation by the ZBA for the denial of Application No. 1 holds great significance for the citizens of LaSalle County. It is this application that could potentially result in calamitous repercussions for the public and environment in the form of aquifer depletion; surface/groundwater contamination; and noise, light, traffic, and air pollution of neighboring residencies, the LaSalle County Nursing Home, Buffalo Rock State Park, the Illinois and Michigan Canal, and the wetlands area near the subject site.

On July 10th at 1 p.m., the two special-use applications will go before the LaSalle County Board for a final vote. Below are two sets of actions you can take to support our efforts.


1.    Draft a letter or email to members of the LaSalle County Board before the vote. See the sample letter below:


 Dear LaSalle County Board:

[If signatory's home or business address is within LaSalle County, address this letter to their respective board member; see and]  


I ask that you uphold the ZBA's recommendation to deny Northern White Sand's (NWS) Special-Use Proposal 1 (14-04-S.U.).  Issues pertaining to traffic, homeowners' property values, air, noise, and light pollution have yet to be addressed by this petitioner.


The scarcity of information provided by NWS in their application fails to acknowledge environmental concerns of hydrology and ignores testimony and documented IEPA violations of illegal, liquid, hazardous waste dumping at and around their proposed site for an industrial-scale, sand processing plant and settling basin.


Recall at the NWS hearing, the company spokesperson and attorney stated, "If you have enough engineers and enough money, you can build anything." Not once, but twice in his summation, Mr. John Duncan opined, "If you have enough engineers and money you can solve these problems and all your fears and speculations will never come to past."


Is the County Board willing to play Russian roulette with the health, safety and welfare of the public and environment by consenting to Northern White Sand's requests based upon ambiguities, omission of hard facts, and sketchy assurances?  I hope not.


Please strike down NWS Proposal 14-04-S.U. at your next board meeting on July 10th at 1 p.m.



(First and last name)
(Address, city zip code) [If signator's home or business address is within LaSalle County]



2.   Attend the LaSalle County Board vote on July 10th at 1 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 401 W. Main St. in Ottawa, IL.


 Thank you for your participation and continued support! 


Many blessings, your fellow fracktivist and fracsandtivist,

Ashley Williams


P.S.  See additional links below for my Letter to the Editor and an update from the NPDES hearing:








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