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Frac Sand Quarry Under Discussion


The Missouri Department of Resources (DNR) will make decisions about what comes next for Summit Proppants’ applications for a permit under the Land Reclamation Program to build a sand quarry in the western part of Ste. Genevieve County.

Summit Proppants’ representatives moderated a public hearing with DNR at the Ste. Genevieve County Community Center. The event packed a meeting room with more than 120 people – including State Senator Gary Romine, State Representative Kevin Engler as well as the three Ste. Genevieve County commissioners – and lasted about four hours, an hour longer than Community Center staff had planned. Most of the area residents who attended the meeting were opposed to the quarry proposal. The meeting covered eight areas of concerns that had surfaced during the public comment period: noise, truck traffic and the county road, public safety, blasting, stream and wildlife, groundwater, air quality, and health and property value.

While Summit Proppants’ representatives made pledges to be a good neighbor at various times in the meeting, opponents pounced on the company’s decision to draw the mine operations boundary 5 to 10 ft. inside the exterior property lines of the four connected properties.