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Petition calls for two-year frac sand ban; Dayton won’t go it alone

April 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

RED WING — A group of Minnesota residents drove to the state Capitol Tuesday to deliver a petition calling for a ban on silica sand mining in southeast Minnesota, but Gov. Mark Dayton said he wouldn’t act without the Legislature.

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­Residents oppose proposed Belfield rail facility

September 6, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BELFIELD Residents in properties adjacent to a proposed Belfield rail facility and frac sand plant strongly oppose the plant, citing the 24/7 noise, traffic and possible health effects as reasons. Continue Reading

Stark County zoning board tables decision on Belfield rail facility

August 29, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

The Stark County Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday voted to table a decision on a proposed multi-million dollar rail facility 3 miles east of Belfield. Continue Reading

Goodhue planning commission says no to extending mining ban

July 16, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

RED WING, Minn. – The Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission voted Monday night not to extend the county’s mining moratorium. All that remains is final approval by the County Board for the moratorium to automatically expire Sept. 6. Continue Reading

Sand mining moratorium imposed by Winona County

January 10, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Winona County, with its three-month moratorium, joins both Wabasha and Goodhue counties which have also placed moratoriums on sand mining. However, those two counties enacted one-year moratoriums. Much of the sand is used for fracking at oil and gas drilling sites in the United States, including western North Dakota. Continue Reading