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  • Concern about truck traffic and the impact it would have on the cities of North Branch, Minn., and Taylors Falls, Minn., has led Superior Silica Sand to withdraw its proposal to build a trans-loading station for frac sand in North Branch’s ESSBY business park, according to the Post Review. North Branch City Administrator Bridgitte Konrad said the business sent the city a letter informing officials that it is no longer interested in the site. Superior Silica Sand had received complaints from residents in North Branch and Taylors Falls. Residents in both those cities were concerned the municipalities are not adequately equipped to handle 200-250 trucks per day filled with sand passing through them.

 

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  • According to the Allamakee County Standard, the Allamakee County, Iowa, Board of Supervisors held a public hearing regarding the regulation of frac sand mining and other industrial minerals. Allamakee County Zoning Administrator Tom Blake said the county received an application for the mining of silica sand almost two years ago, and though that application was eventually withdrawn, it did bring the issue to the attention of environmental advocates, the Board of Supervisors and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

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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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  • Northern Frac Proppants II LLC is looking to rezone more than 570 acres of land to start a sand processing and loading facility in Cleveland, Wis., and will have a public hearing on the request, according to the Jackson County Chronicle. The proposal includes sand mining, processing and a rail spur for transportation. The county has three other processing operations that include Badger Mining, Taylor Frac and Goose Landing. The county also has two operational dig-and-haul sand sites and another 11 proposed dig-and-haul or processing operations, according to county data.

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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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