June 17, 2014

Frac sand news roundup: ‘I’m going to where there are no moratoriums’

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The latest in Wisconsin frac sand. See our in-depth stories since 2011 on our frac sand project page.

With its expanded facility in Whitehall, Wis., Houston-based Hi-Crush Proppants will also benefit from the Canadian National rail line. Progressive Railroading May 27

Minnesota Sands owner is “going to where there are no moratoriums” in Minnesota’s Winona and Fillmore Counties after a moratorium in Houston County delayed mine development. Winona Post May 28

A bill meant to jump-start fracking in Illinois has died less than a week after it was proposed. Chicago Tribune May 28

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory will likely sign a bill which allows for fracking permits throughout the state along with limited local government control and little disclosure of the chemicals being used. News Observer May 29

Superior Silica Sands has backed out of a proposal for a transloading facility in North Branch, Minn., after growing opposition from residents about truck traffic. Inter-County Leader (northwestern Wisconsin) June 1

Canadian-based Source Energy Services opens a producing and loading facility in Weyerhaeuser, Wis., and together with a nearby mine in Sumner is expected to ship out over 2.0 million tons of sand annually. Digital Journal June 2

President Barack Obama’s latest climate plan includes cutting emissions from existing power plants, which may increase demand for natural gas — and for the Wisconsin-mined frac sand used in its production. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel June 2

The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board, in southwestern Wisconsin, loses a battle against Pattinson Sand Company for mining within the riverway boundary. SWNews4U June 11

Canada-based Silica Industries has requested that the city of Arcadia annex 145 acres of land for a dry plant and rail loading facility. The company estimates one million tons of sand would leave per the facility annually. Winona Post June 11

The Houston County Commissioner vows to continue fighting frac sand mines if elected for a second term. Houston County News June 11

As a disagreement continues over fracking bans in Colorado, those with local mineral rights are losing out on what was once a main source of income. The Washington Times June 12