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New Frac Sand Mine on Track for Approval in Minnesota

A proposed frac sand mine in the Buffalo County, Minn., town of Dover appears to be back on track weeks after developers missed a deadline to modify the project, though its ultimate approval is still uncertain, according to the Winona Daily News.

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Wisconsin Town Votes for Permit Moratorium

The Trempealeau County, Wis., Board in Whitehall voted 12-0 to not consider any new silica-sand removal permits for a year, according to the Pierce County Herald.

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XTO Energy Agrees to $100K Fine for Wastewater Spill

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice reached a settlement with XTO Energy on July 18 over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) stemming from a spill of gas drilling wastewater in central Pennsylvania.

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Victory Silica Hires Key Personnel, Moves Forward with Frac Plant

Victory Nickel Inc. announced that its subsidiary Victory Silica Ltd. has filled two senior operating positions and has ordered key pieces of equipment for its newly acquired, 400,000-tpy frac sand processing plant – the 7P Facility – located in Seven Persons, Alberta.

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Iowa Board Endorses Study of Frac Sand Health Impact

According to the Decorah Newspapers, the Winneshiek, Iowa, County Board of Supervisors has unanimously endorsed a study that will address the public health impact of frac sand mining.

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