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Business Heats Up in New Mexico

Rangeland Energy LLC has agreed to buy up to 770 acres of property near Loving, N.M., to begin the development of a large terminal facility capable of transporting crude oil, frac sand, drill pipe and other materials on behalf of oil customers, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.

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Wisconsin Frac Sand Plants Cited

Only one in five frac sand mining facilities in Wisconsin were cited for environmental violations last year, according to the Wisconsin Public Radio and the Superior Telegram.

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Frac Sand Producer Abandons Minnesota

Some investors have pulled out of a major frac sand project proposed for Winona County of southeastern Minnesota after losing a critical vote, according to Wisconsin-based WEAU TV.

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Keeping Frac Sand Decisions Local

Winona, Minn., State Sen. Jeremy Miller introduced legislation that he said will keep frac sand permitting decisions in the hands of local governments while giving them greater access to state resources, according to the Winona Daily News.

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Winona Moratorium Ends

Two Winona, Wisc., City Council members made a last-ditch effort to extend the city’s frac sand moratorium but were denied by the rest of the council, according to a report in the Winona Daily News. The council voted 5-2 not to extend the city’s yearlong moratorium on new and expanding frac sand businesses by 120 days. The moratorium will expire March 13.

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