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Environmental Studies Underway in Wisconsin

Competing studies are under way to assess air pollution from Wisconsin’s frac sand industry and examine the impact of frac sand mines on water, according to the LaCrosse Tribune.

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Frac Sand Brouhaha in Minnesota

KARE TV in Minnesota is reporting that the state House Energy Policy Committee and the Senate Environment and Energy Committee heard testimony on frac sand mining from an overflow group of citizens asking for further regulation and time to study the issue; and from industry advocates speaking in support of the practice and the jobs it creates. They asked lawmakers to impose new permitting standards on frac sand mining operations, to protect water and air quality and to help cities handle the heavy truck traffic connected with them.

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Iowa Company Refuses to Withdraw Permit Application

An Iowa company pursuing a frac sand mine within the protected Lower Wisconsin State Riverway has no intention of withdrawing its application, despite being urged to do so by the board that oversees development within the corridor, according to The Cap Times.

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Proposed Frac Sand Ordinance Gets Tough

According to the Caledonia Argus, a frac sand ordinance presented at a special joint meeting of Houston County, Minn., board, the frac sand study committee and the county planning commission, is certainly stringent.

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Here Come the Attorneys

Out-of-town law firms are moving into Canton, Ohio, seeking to serve clients that are – or will be – tapping into the Utica shale deposit, according to Crain’s Cleveland Business. And, if what has played out in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale region repeats itself, more will come.

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