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Minnesota Releases Fracking Regulation Handbook

The state of Minnesota released what it hopes will be a handbook for local governments working to regulate the frac sand industry, according to the Winona Daily News. The 168-page report from the Environmental Quality Board avoids setting specific guidelines for monitoring pollution and instead lists the types of options available. It provides a variety of specifics for local governments looking to measure pollutants related to the frac sand industry, but concludes that there’s no single good answer for doing so.

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Companies Face Environmental Fines

According to Wisconsin Public Radio, Interstate Energy Partners and Tiller Corp. were fined for allowing muddy water to escape from their facility in far northwestern Wisconsin. The spill was first reported by a concerned citizen hiking along the St. Croix River. It was determined that the fine grained sediment had been leaking into wetlands, a stream and the St. Croix for about a week.

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Frac Sand Plant to Pay Air Pollution Fine

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said a Marshfield, Wis., operation involved with frac sand has been ordered to pay $80,000 for violating state air pollution control laws, according to WAOW TV.

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