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Land Annexation Leads to Recall Effort

According to Wisconsin Public Radio, a citizens’ group in Glenwood City, Wis., has filed petitions to recall the mayor and two city council members. They are upset over how the city council has handled the possible annexation of a 400-acre sand mine. This would allow Texas-based Vista Sand to negotiate regulations with the city instead of the county.

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Hi-Crush Looking to Build $80 Million Frac Sand Plant

Hi-Crush Partners is seeking to build an $80 million, 700-acre frac sand mine in Wisconsin, but first it has to bypass some issues, according to a report from Wisconsin Public Radio.

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Minnesota Model Zoning Standards Under Fire

Model zoning standards for Minnesota’s frac-sand mining industry got their first public hearing at a meeting of the state Environmental Quality Board and quickly came under fire by mining opponents, according to the StarTribune.

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Study Says Methane Leakage from Shale Gas Lower Than Alleged

Initial findings from a new comprehensive study undertaken by the Environmental Defense Fund and the University of Texas found that methane leakage rates from natural gas systems were far below estimates of previous studies.

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E-Book a Primer For Frac Sand Discovery

Brandon DeShaw, founder and lab director for Global Energy Laboratories, a Butte, Mont.-based proppant testing firm serving the hydraulic fracturing industry, has published a free e-book entitled titled “Finding Frac Sand: How to Determine if You Have Hydraulic Fracturing Sand.”

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