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Iowa frac sand moratorium; Wisconsin town addresses frac sand issues; Buffalo County Defenders host frac sand forum.

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  • According to the LaCrosse Tribune, an outgoing zoning inspector said that Buffalo County, Wis.’s $10,000 fee for a frac sand mining permit is excessive, and the process for acting on permit applications needs to be streamlined. Jake Sedivy, the Buffalo County zoning technician who recently resigned for another position, addressed the board and said the permit fee is substantially higher than those charged in other counties.

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  • A California development company with an Ashland, Ore., office hopes to mine sand on a 69-acre property in Coos Bay, Ore., and build a 500-unit housing development there when the mining is done, according to the Ashland Daily Tidings. That sand may be used for frac sand and construction sand as well. Ocean Grove Development Group LLC is seeking proposals from contractors to extract and sell sand. The company estimates that 3.5 to 4 million cu. yd. of sand could be removed from the site. Once the sand is removed, the company hopes to build 500 units of housing on the property, intended to serve people employed in an “industrial renaissance the company says it foresees in Coos Bay.”

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  • A Wabasha, Minn., citizens group is appealing a conditional use permit for a frac-sand-loading facility, according to KAAL TV. The “Friends of Wabasha” filed the appeal with the City Planning Commission. The group opposes the granting of the permit to Superior Sand Systems last month. The permit allows Superior Sands to build a loading facility for transferring silica sand from trucks onto trains for transport to North Dakota and Texas for use in the oil and gas extraction process called hydraulic fracturing.

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  • According to the Winona Daily News, Winona County, Wis., will re-publish Environmental Assessment Worksheet drafts for two proposed frac sand mines after staff discovered an error in the public comment process. In the drafts, the county said public comments on the reviews should be sent to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. County staff confirmed Tuesday that the county will accept the comments – the MPCA doesn’t handle them. The county plans to republish the review drafts with the correct information.

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