Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Cover Letter to John Olivas' March 2014 Statement (sent to Board of Supervisors)

Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County,
119 Winnebago Street
Decorah, Iowa 52101
September 19, 2014

Dear Supervisors Ashbacher, Karlsbroten, Kuhn, Logsdon and Thompson,

On Monday, September 29, the Community Rights Alliance will be on the morning agenda.  We want to share specific information with you regarding a community rights based ordinance used to ban fracing in Mora County, New Mexico.

In order to provide you with the fullest possible understanding of what that county did, we have invited John Olivas, chairperson of the Mora County Board of Commission to share during our presentation.

As way of background regarding what the Mora County commission did I am enclosing a copy of the statement Mr. Olivas released last March. It is challenging and powerful. I hope you will have the opportunity to read the statement before the meeting.

The need to utilize our constitutional rights to defend and protect our lives, liberty and pursuit of happiness is never more apparent than in this time of corporate control of the direction and decisions currently being made across this county. It is our time to say, “Yes!” to local decision-making and direction setting.

We are citizens concerned with keeping the geologic uniqueness of our county unencumbered by industrial removal of it. We stand and ask you, the supervisors, to take the steps necessary to prevent frac sand extraction from being permitted in our county.  


Steve Luse

for the Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County


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