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New Air-Quality Study ‘Demonstrates Gross Incompetence’

Eight students and a professor from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently published their research on air quality near frac sand sites in a peer-reviewed journal called, Environmental Health. Professor Crispin Pierce said the results show air-quality levels to be worse than those set by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Air-Quality Monitoring May Be Required in Wisconsin

According to Wisconsin Public Radio, a western Wisconsin lawmaker has introduced a bill that would require all frac sand mining operations to install air monitors that measure dust leaving the site.

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Fracking Bill Moves Forward In Florida

According to Channel 10 News, Tampa Bay, Fla., a bill that would create regulations for fracking was approved by a Florida House committee despite strong opposition from environmentalists who said the method of oil and gas drilling could contaminate drinking water and cause health problems.

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Canadian Frac Sand Mine Takes Another Step

An Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based company that wants to establish a frac sand business just west of Marlboro will have to address concerns of local residents before it can get a development permit to proceed, according to the Edson Leader.

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Dakota Plains Has Busy Third Quarter

Dakota Plains noted in its third-quarter report, that frac sand transloading volumes were 141,000 tons, an increase of approximately 102 percent compared to the third quarter of 2014. The company benefitted from its first full quarter of in-house operations at the Pioneer Terminal, materially reducing operating costs. Revenue from transloading frac sand was $1.0 million compared to $0.6 million in the third quarter 2014.

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