$1 Million-Per-Day Fine for Mining Sand
- Written by Mark Kuhar
November 27, 2012 – This just in from the "This is Ridiculous" Department. Wisconsin Public Radio News reported that frac sand mining companies face a $1 million-per-day fine if they dig in the town of Kinnickinnik during the next year. The penalty is part of a sand mining moratorium, and is the most expensive fine the industry faces in the state. The frac sand mining moratorium bans any new mines or processing facilities up to one year. It’s meant to put a halt to fast-growing industries and give a municipality time to study the industry and possibly craft regulations for it. At least four counties have passed moratoriums, as have around 19 cities, towns and villages.