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  • A proposed frac sand mine appears to have the green light in far western Wisconsin, after a state appeals court upheld Buffalo County’s approval of the project, it was reported on WTAQ radio. A three-judge panel in Wausau, Wis., affirmed a circuit judge’s refusal to overturn a conditional use permit for R-and-J Rolling Acres to run a 125-acre silica-sand operation. The mine’s developer, Glacier Sands, said there were no laws against non-metallic mining in the county’s agricultural district – and there were no laws preventing a revised application from being taken up.

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  • According to the Winona Daily News, a permit for a proposed sand mining and wash-plant operation in the Town of Waumandee, Wis., was denied 3-0 by the Buffalo County Zoning Board of Adjustment. More than 50 people testified at a second public hearing on the project, most of them opposed to granting a conditional-use permit to mine frac sand on 88 acres of land in the vicinity of Schoepps Valley and Oak Valley. Badger Bluff Sands had sought a 10-year permit to mine sand and a 20-year permit to operate a sand washing plant, but the county’s three-member board of adjustment had doubts about several pieces of the proposed three-phase project and agreed to deny a permit on grounds of protecting public health, safety and welfare.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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