Minnesota mines can be approved without an environmental review, an Eau Claire citizen finds a loophole that could leave taxpayers to foot the bill for reclamation, and We Energies wants a new natural gas pipeline to serve frac sand mines in western Wisconsin. Continue Reading
Reporter Alison Dirr just finished a yearlong internship with us, during which she covered the sprawling beat of Wisconsin’s fast-growing frac sand industry. We talk about that in the latest podcast. And below the audio link, further reflections from Dirr. Also, we now have music for the podcast. Alison Dirr: After a year as WisconsinWatch’s frac sand beat reporter, I’m leaving with a real appreciation of the complexity and nuance of this controversy. Continue Reading
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting has discovered that thousands of people are receiving non-FDA approved tests for Lyme disease, which may be giving unreliable results. The report includes a graphic showing the spread of Lyme disease over time — including to Wisconsin, which is one of the hotspots for the tick-borne disease. One of the testing companies is in Osceola, Wisconsin. Continue Reading
Obama’s climate plan could lead to more frac sand demand, the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board loses a bid to stop mining within the riverway and North Carolina limits disclosure of fracking chemicals. Continue Reading
Lukas Keapproth, our globe-trotting former intern, was in Accra, Ghana Monday, where he watched the U.S.-Ghana World Cup soccer match with Ghanaian fans. He reported they were gracious after the U.S. beat Ghana 2-1 in the first-round match. See Lukas’ photos and video here.
We launch a new feature today on the WisWatch blog: a roundup of the latest news in frac sand. This week: Glenwood City sand plant clears final hurdles, Buffalo County wins a court appeal of a permit, Gov. Scott Walker visits a frac sand mine. Continue Reading
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism took home eight awards Friday from the annual Milwaukee Press Club Excellence in Wisconsin Journalism contest, including six first place plaques. Continue Reading