May 28, 2014

Frac sand news roundup: ‘Thanks to God and the glaciers’

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We launch a new feature today on the WisWatch blog: a roundup of the latest news in frac sand. It will focus mostly on Wisconsin’s frac sand, but also include some relevant out-of-town or fracking-related news.

The Center has been covering the frac sand beat since 2011, when the boom took off. See our complete coverage here: Project: Wisconsin’s sand rush

The latest frac sand news:

Texas-based Vista Sand completes the last major hurdle in a fight for frac sand in Glenwood City. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Buffalo County could see as many as 100 truckloads of sand a day on local roads after the Wisconsin Court of Appeals upheld a decision by Buffalo County to allow controversial permit. Great Lakes Echo

Gov. Scott Walker: “…thanks to God and the glaciers we got the best frac sand in the world…” during his first visit to a sand mine. Wisconsin Public Radio

An activist calls for protection of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway from the Bridgeport Frac Sand Mine in Crawford County. Wisconsin State Journal

U.S. Silica of Fairchild, which operates a mine, processing plant and rail load-out in Eau Claire, has a hazardous waste spill at a West Virginia plant. Claims Journal