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Rock from the Road: Blog and Travelogue

article thumbnailAugust 27, 2014 – We need more mining engineers! The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) has submitted comments to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy regarding its request for information about critical and strategic materials supply chains and their importance to American prosperity and national security. 

Prime-Time Products

article thumbnailTerex Minerals Processing Systems (MPS) launched the new MJ47 primary jaw crusher module, increasing the application capabilities and crushing capacity of its existing modular product range with their largest jaw module to date. The Terex MJ47 jaw crusher module is designed for large quarries or contractors that want a stationary type design...

Rock Stars

article thumbnailAndy Williams of Rogers Group, current president of the Indiana Mineral Aggregates Association, encouraged members to "re-emphasize our commitment to safety as the first priority in our business."
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Manufacturers in Focus

article thumbnailHOLT CAT, the Caterpillar equipment and engine dealer for South, Central, North and Northeast Texas, opened a new location in Edinburg, Texas.

People on the Move

article thumbnailPolaris Minerals Corp., which is focused on the development of quarries and the production of construction aggregates, announced the appointment of Scott Dryden as vice president of Business Development.

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Off-Highway Diesel Prices


The national estimated average price-per-gallon for off-highway diesel fuel as of August 28 is $3.548. That is lower than the previous comparison price-per-gallon of $3.565.

 

Permit Approval Raises Eyebrows


The Town of Bridgeport, Minn.'s decision to approve two permits for a controversial frac sand mine had conflict-of-interest issues, including those involving two Planning Commission members who had family working for the mining company at the time of their vote, according to a lawsuit.

The complaint was filed in Crawford County Circuit Court a day before the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board is expected to vote on whether to issue a permit for a frac sand mine, which would be located near the Iowa border a few miles east of the Mississippi River, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Plans for the frac sand mine are controversial because of its location partially on land that is protected for its natural beauty.

There are about 100 frac sand mines in the state. Sand in Wisconsin is used in hydraulic fracturing in other parts of the nation and world to obtain natural gas.
Some members of the Riverway Board said in a memo the mine was a bad idea but that a "loophole" in state law might require the board to approve the permit.

The lawsuit alleges Bridgeport Planning Commission members had conflicts: Linda Smrcina's son-in-law and Troy Smrcina's brother-in-law worked for the mining company when they voted on the permit. That information was not made public at the time of the vote, the filing said.

The lawsuit asks for the court to void the two permits granted by the town. An environmental organization, the Crawford Stewardship Project, and neighbors of the mine site filed the suit.

Mark Cupp, executive director of the Riverway Board, said the lawsuit should not change the board's decision-making process. The lawsuit also says zoning ordinances were violated because the town did not consider potential ill effects from the mine.