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Wisconsin Frac Sand Plant Denied Permit


A Wisconsin frac sand company says it's deeply disappointed with a vote in Buffalo County against its plans to open a new facility there. The county's board of adjustment denied permits for the Glacier Sands’ proposed plant in the Town of Montana. The board said it intends to wait for the results of several studies on the environmental impact of mining in the area.

Glacier Sands has four proposed projects in Buffalo County.  So far, the permits for two have been denied, one has been approved and one is pending. Unless the company appeals the decision, it will have to wait until the county's moratorium on sand mining expires to reapply.  That moratorium runs through October, but a proposal on the table would extend it another six months.

“We are deeply disappointed with last night's rejection of the proposed Seven Sands frac-sand mining operation,” Glacier Sands said in a statement.  “Glacier Sands continues to believe in and supports the creation of good-paying jobs and economic development for Buffalo County. Nearly 200 people, a majority from the county, recently attended our job fair at the Cochrane-Fountain City School and expressed a strong desire to work with us.  We will continue to work with the county and explore viable ways to balance responsible mining with job creation for the communities of Buffalo County.”