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  • Frac Sand Sources in the United States

    By Mary Ellen Benson and Anna Burack Wilson, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado Read More
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    By Don Bleiwas, Physical Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey   Read More
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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailMay 19, 2015 – The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) and its partners in the Transportation Construction Coalition are pushing for a permanent Highway Trust Fund funding solution and passage of a multi-year surface transportation bill.

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article thumbnailHyster Co. has introduced a new series of tire-handling trucks for demanding applications in the mining, ports and intermodal industries. The Hyster tire handlers provide fast and effective “total tire handling solutions” that help maximize uptime while promoting operational safety.

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article thumbnailRon DeFeo, chairman and chief executive officer of Terex Corp. is the sole recipient of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) highest honor – the 2014 “ARTBA Award.” It was presented at an April 14 luncheon during the association’s Federal Issues Program in Washington, D.C.
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article thumbnailPolydeck Screen Corp. announced the addition of Ken Walker as West Coast Sales/Service Tech, with responsibility for California.

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Review Process for Frac Sand Plants Being Discussed


The Buffalo County Land Resources Department is drafting guidelines to help towns review proposed frac sand mining projects, according to the Winona Daily News. The guidelines are the next step toward allowing towns to have direct input on proposals in their jurisdiction, a plan the county included in its updated frac sand regulations earlier this year.

Towns now have advisory say in approving or denying applications. While town boards are in charge of running their own meetings and review processes, a guide created by land resources is intended to help address common issues and questions that arise, particularly because the land resources staff has limited resources.

Staff participation at town board meetings would be limited to the first review of an application, mostly to answer questions and provide general information.

Zoning technician Peter Stoltman said land resources should play a limited role in mining permit reviews at the town level.