This Week’s Market Buzz

  • According to Wisconsin Public Radio, a Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a Trempealeau County, Wis., decision denying a permit to open a new sand mine. The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled against Iowa-based AllEnergy Sand. It had argued that a Trempealeau County environmental and land use committee in 2013 wrongly denied its permit to open the 550-acre sand mine and processing plant. A circuit court had affirmed the county committee’s action in January 2015 and the appeals court upheld that ruling, saying the “decision was supported by substantial evidence.”

  • A Chetek, Wis.-area farmer has filed a lawsuit against a frac sand company and the company’s financial backer for what the farmer says is an improper encumbrance on his property. The farmer, Eric Skoug, and his attorney Deanne Koll, of the law firm Bakke Norman S.C., said the encumbrance by Sioux Creek Silica has hampered his ability to sell his property of 40 acres, according to the Chetek Alert.
  • After years of arguments, Houston County, Minn., commissioners voted 3 to 2 to limit a local mine’s permitting when it comes to the production of frac sand. The condition was placed on the conditional use permit for G & K Development LC/Bruening Rock Products, according to the Spring Grove Herald. The producer hopes to reopen a sand mine located next to an existing rock quarry in Spring Grove Township, Minn.