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  • A new frac sand mine in southeastern Barron County, Wis., will make relatively quick work of a sand deposit estimated at about 6 million tons, according to the Barron News-Shield. Information in the reclamation plan identifies the owners of the 80-acre property as David and Louise Driver of Chetek. The operator is Chieftain Sand & Proppant-Barron of New Auburn.

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  • The Wabasha, Wis., city council voted to extend its frac sand moratorium for another year in order to get more complete information on air quality, truck traffic and environmental concerns, according to the Winona Daily News. Although the frac sand moratorium was extended, a moratorium on truck traffic was not. The council at the same meeting allowed that moratorium to end. It had previously halted companies with significant truck traffic from expanding to more than 500 regular trips a day or more than 30 “heavy truck” trips.

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  • Two challengers out-polled incumbent Trempealeau County, Wis., supervisor Tom Bice in a recent primary election, leaving the frac sand mining proponent off the April general election ballot. Jon Schultz and Daryl Kramer received 61 and 55 votes, respectively, according to the LaCrosse Tribune. Bice, the District 5 supervisor since 2010 and former chairman of the Environment and Land Use Committee, received 46 votes. Schultz and Kramer both support Trempealeau County’s moratorium on new frac sand mining permits.

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  • In his State of the Union Address, President Obama spoke about the importance of natural gas as an energy source. “One of the reasons why is natural gas – if extracted safely, [is] the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change. Businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories that use natural gas. I’ll cut red tape to help states get those factories built, and this Congress can help by putting people to work building fueling stations that shift more cars and trucks from foreign oil to American natural gas. My administration will keep working with the industry to sustain production and job growth while strengthening protection of our air, our water, and our communities.”

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  • According to the Winona Daily News, a public hearing on a Glacier Sands application to create a 350-acre industrial zone in the town of Milton, Minn., will be held Feb. 13 before the Buffalo County Land Resources/Zoning Committee. Glacier Sands seeks to rezone agricultural land to industrial use as first step in a larger plan to seek permits for building a railway trans-loading facility for shipping frac sand and grain. The proposed operation is similar to a 2012 project Glacier Sands sought permitting for in the same location, which was denied.

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