Letter: Fracking sand depot a wake-up call for Richardton
Richardton, the sleepy little town, might not get much sleep anymore.
Most likely, the fracking sand depot is a done deal. People who own land have the right to sell it (in this case, five siblings who live out of state).
The only affect on the "property owners" mentioned in the Aug. 21 Dickinson Press article is their monetary gain. We did not ask for this, only the landowners and Halliburton did!
There was another "railroad" job done a few years ago -- the ethanol plant.
It was a done deal before the public hearing. It brought unwelcome but tolerable smell, noise pollution 24/7, switching trains and the issue of trucks just rolling through the stop sign at Highway 8.
Google maps show a big black spot where unloading coal residue has spilled. Most of the workers live elsewhere (Dickinson, Bismarck, etc.). As far as I know, no real profits have materialized for the investors as promised.
One of the main concerns is the increase in trains and the open-top railcars.
I also understand that it takes three truck loads per rail car to haul away the contents (potentially 990 truckloads per week in Richardton to get to Highway 8 and Interstate 94, unless they plan on being a storage facility).
Think jake-braking trucks, switching trains, stop sign roll-throughs, unloading/loading noise, fracking sand dust, gravel road dust and maybe a crew camp. Online information indicates fracking sand is a carcinogen (has cancer-causing risks).
Think wind and children growing up here. Highway 8 (by the "bull sign" hill) is death waiting to happen because truckers already pass in the "no passing zone" and you can't take the ditch there (approaches on both sides). Think school buses.
Richardton City Commission special meeting notices are taped to the City Hall door just in case you walk by that side street.
Did they have one Friday, Aug. 24, to sign the annexation resolution published in Tuesday's Dickinson Press?
The Aug. 21 article mentioned 80 acres being considered for annexation. Tuesday's notice indicated it is actually 299 acres (currently cropland). Clearly, the promised public hearing in October will be one of pacifying residents, again.
Who wants to live here now? Think quality of life.
Cathrine Moe, Richardton