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Wisconsin Names New Point Person for Frac Sand

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources named Deb Dix as its new lead on industrial or frac sand issues. Dix will serve as the initial point of contact on frac sand for public, private, legislative and media inquiries on the DNR's regulatory authorities and interaction with the industrial sand sector. She will be based in the DNR's Wisconsin Rapids office and is serving on an interim basis while the department moves forward with filling the position.

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Air-Quality Monitoring Plan Delayed

According to the Winona Post, the city of Winona, Minn., is not much closer to deciding whether it will conduct air-quality monitoring for silica dust and diesel fumes associated with the frac sand industry.

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Minnesota Companies Apply for Mining Permits

According to the Winona Daily News, four landowners in Buffalo County’s town of Dover have applied for permits to mine and process frac sand on 359 acres over the next 20 to 30 years.

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Frac Sand Show a Success

On June 5-7, Rock Products and the Frac Sand Insider hosted the inaugural Frac Sand Insider 2013 Conference and Exhibition at The Westin Convention Center in Pittsburgh. More than 200 manufacturers, producers, consultants and others with an interest in the fast-evolving frac sand market attended the event.

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Canadian Company Accelerating $33-million Railroad Upgrade

Canadian National (CN) announced it is accelerating work on the $33-million upgrading of its Whitehall Subdivision in Wisconsin to increase car-loading capacity and train velocity for the growing frac sand supply chains of Badger Mining Corporation, Preferred Sands of Wisconsin LLC, Atlas Resin Proppants LLC, and Taylor Frac LLC.

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