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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 • Posted November 9, 2011

e-mail to Troy Fraser, Texas State Senator for Dist. 24

Mason County, along with several other Texas counties, is struggling with the onslaught of unwelcome sand mining operations moving into our communities. When faced with what to do and how to fight this intrusion, we are finding that this Industry is so totally UNREGULATED that it is startling…and scary…that a moneyed enterprise could come into our community and put our homes, our livelihoods, our air, our water, our local roads, as well as our own personal health, at great risk, and we, in the community, have absolutely no recourse, either before the industry sets up, nor after damage has been done. For our State Government to allow this to happen is unconscionable. I know some communities have been protesting the lack of Texas Legislative concern and action for a number of years, to no avail. Now, this industry sees dollar signs into infinity with no effective responsibility on their part…just go to Texas and rape the land, then, put the money in their pockets and leave gaping holes in the ground, desolated areas that will never see an attempt at reclamation, not by the rapists, and not by the Representatives of State Government. We need legislation that addresses this NON-PROTECTION of INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS! Money from big business may fund your re-election campaigns, but as voters see no response from elected officials on issues that are at the very heart of the Texas ethic, we will cast our votes elsewhere.

Dorrett Townsend

Mason, Texas

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