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

  • Supervisors in Allamakee County, Iowa, voted unanimously on a frac-sand moratorium for at least 18 months, according to a report in The Gazette. The move gives a planning and zoning commission time it said it needs to study the potential impact on the environment.
  • The Wabasha, Wis., City Council took the first step toward approving two frac sand moratoriums; rejected an appeal filed against a frac sand loading and storage company; and voted to require another frac sand hauling business to complete an environmental review, according to the Winona Daily News. The main reason behind the moratoriums, requested by the city’s planning commission, come from a concern that the city will become saturated with truck traffic. The push for two frac sand moratoriums in Wabasha come while many others in the area are ending. The city of Winona’s moratorium is set to end in March, as is Houston County’s. Buffalo County’s is set to end in April. The council rejected an appeal filed against the approval of a new frac sand storage and loading facility. The appeal against Superior Sand Systems was filed more than a month ago by a group of citizens who oppose the frac sand industry.
  • A volunteer group called the Buffalo County Defenders hosted a frac sand forum in Mondovi, Wis. More than 40 people gathered at the Marten Center hoping to learn everything they could about frac sand, according to WQOW TV News 18. A number of questions were asked at the forum, which included a discussion on air quality as well as road and water usage.