July 1, 2014

Frac sand news roundup: ‘There’s another option, which is slow down’

Preferred Sands 2012

An overview of the 400-acre plot of Preferred Sands mine in Blair, Wis., in Trempealeau County on June 20, 2012. Lukas Keapproth/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

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

The Minnesota Court of Appeals agreed with a Winona County Board decision to allow a mine without an environmental review. MPR News June 16

A report by Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer found certain health risks to hydraulic fracturing, but acknowledges the need for even more research. “There’s another option, which is slow down,” the report says.  The Global Post June 17

A bill which will delay hydraulic fracturing for three years in New York passed the State Assembly and is now awaiting a Senate vote. The Legislative Gazette June 17

Frac sand prices in May reached their highest in more than two years, leaving many Wisconsin frac sand miners with tangibly positive results. Chicago Tribune June 18

A new mining ordinance in Reedsburg based on Sauk County’s will include more reclamation standards and information requirements. Reedsburg Times-Press June 21

Winona, the first local government in the nation to monitor ambient air quality for silica dust, is still looking for answers in response to citizen concerns. Inside Climate News June 23

Eau Claire County citizen points out flaw in current nonmetallic mining reclamation standards, a flaw which could leave taxpayers to foot the bill. Wisconsin Public Radio June 23

A Houston County judge denied seven area landowners’ requests to refuse a conditional-use permit renewal for a local frac sand mine. La Crosse Tribune June 24

Plans to build the first frac sand mine in South Dakota are under way. The new mine will be located in the state’s largest forest, Black Hills, and is projected to produce 1 million tons of sand annually. Inside Climate News June 26

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission approved a $180 million We Energies natural gas pipeline to be built from Tomah to Eau Claire. The line is meant to serve current and future frac sand processing facilities; We Energies estimates up to five new frac sand facilities will be built along the line within the next six years. WTAQ June 26