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This Week’s Market Buzz

  • A Canadian frac sand operation, Superior Sand Systems Inc., is looking to build a new site in Wabasha, Minn. Community leaders are concerned about truck traffic ­– more than 400 trips per day – over the Mississippi Bridge. Superior Sand Systems submitted a conditional use permit application on September 5, according to KTTC News. When the plan reached the city's planning department, it was temporarily refused because it was considered incomplete.
  • Pattison Sand Co. of Clayton, Iowa, is seeking to develop a frac sand mine on 191 acres north of the Wisconsin River near Prairie du Chien in Crawford County. It would be the first major sand mining operation in southwestern Wisconsin, with Pattison saying it could create up to 30 new jobs and operate for 20 years. The board that oversees the protected Lower Wisconsin State Riverway will likely issue a permit in the coming month, the board's executive director told The Cap Times.
  • More than 50 people gathered to protest frac sand mining outside a conference on the silica sand resources of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Conference of Silica Sand Resources was held at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Seven frac sand protesters were arrested by Brooklyn Center police after they climbed onto the roof of a tour bus waiting to take attendees on a field trip to sand mining and processing sites in western Wisconsin.