Dozens Oppose Dairy Operation Proposal in Hanson County
by Anna Lempereur, Reporter
November 03, 2011 8:08 PM
If Hanson County Dairy Developers builds their operation near town, they would use 720,000 gallons of water each day from the region's aquifer.
"Our own rural water system cannot support the water that they want. Actually, our rural water system is almost 300,000 gallons less than what they want to use daily," said Robert Bender, an appellant.
Attorney Shawn Tornow said he expected the big turnout at the hearing, as he continues to receive the same question over and over: What is going to happen to the communities?
"This is a great little community. What is this operation, five miles north of town, six miles north of town, what's it going to do to the livelihood of the folks here?" said Tornow.
And residents have long-term concerns as well.
"What happens a year or two or three of dry water? You're now pumping out the 720,000 gallons a day to this huge operation that we don't know how it's going to operate, if it's going to be efficient, or not efficient, if you're going to have problems," said Tornow.
Officials said as of early Thursday afternoon, Hanson County Dairy did not own the property where they want to have the operation.
"What they filed just before the hearing, was they now have a deed to the property where they want the wells, they still don't technically own the property where they have their operation," said Tornow.
It won't just affect the immediate area. Other farmers and neighboring towns said they could see negative effects as well.
"I think it is going to be a detriment to our colony and other colonies, because other colonies are also fed by this aquifer," said Bender.