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According to the Winona Daily News, Buffalo County, Minn., zoning supervisors have voted 3-1 to approve changes to the county’s frac sand regulations. The biggest change would require the county’s board of adjustment to consider both individual and cumulative effects from a mining operation by investigating location, size, traffic density and other factors.

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  • The Buffalo County, Minn., zoning committee held a public hearing for residents to weigh in on proposed changes to the way the county regulates frac sand, according to the Winona Daily News. The changes define industrial sand mining operations, extraction, manufacturing, processing, stockpiling, transport and reclamation. Zoning representatives said the changes are designed to provide “impartial standards” to regulate mining through the county’s Land Resources Department.

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  • With Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s new budget including assistance for the sand mining industry, a controversial frac sand operation near the Lower Wisconsin River is moving closer to approval. The town of Bridgeport Planning Commission has approved a conditional use permit for Pattison Sand Co. of Clayton, Iowa, to locate a mine near the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, setting up a final vote by the Town Board on March 27. Mine opponents packed the Bridgeport Town Hall for the commission meeting recently, but were given little opportunity to speak during the three-hour hearing, according to reports.

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Mayor Resigns; Hi-Crush Gets Award; Minnesota Grapples with Regulation

  • The mayor of Red Wing, Minn., said he will resign amid public pressure over his second job as a frack sand lobbyist. The Star Tribune reported that Mayor Dennis Egan said he could have legally continued on as mayor while he worked as the executive director of the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council. But he says he'll resign April 1 because his second job had become a distraction.

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