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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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Wabasha Moratorium Begins

The Wabasha, Wis., City Council approved its first frac sand moratorium, which halts all new or expanding operations, according to Finance and Commerce. The council also approved a second moratorium, which halts companies with significant truck traffic from expanding to more than 500 regular trips a day or more than 30 heavy trips.

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Frac Sand Operations Cited in Wisconsin

Nearly a fifth of Wisconsin’s 70 active frac sand mines and processing plants were reportedly cited for environmental violations last year, as the industry continued to expand at a rapid clip, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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