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November 17, 2012
Sand forum features environmental experts
Hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas is not occurring in Minnesota, but one substance that's vital to the procedure is located in the state. "Nationally, silica sand isn't found in very many places," Heather Arends, industrial mineral supervisor with the Minnesota Department...
November 17, 2012 - 1:00pm
October 3, 2012
Need for silica sand continues to grow
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Silica sand is an integral component to a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which pumps the sand, water and chemicals into oil and gas wells to scour out openings in oil- or gas-bearing rock. Although silica sand mines have only become...
October 3, 2012 - 4:00pm
Conference draws 50 silica sand mining protestors
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- More than 50 people gathered Monday to protest frac sand mining outside a conference on the silica sand resources of...
October 3, 2012 - 4:00pm
Red Wing City Council blocks mining
The Red Wing City Council adopted changes to its zoning ordinance Monday that will put more stringent controls on silica sand mines that come into the city. City Council members reviewed the ordinance amendments Sept.
October 3, 2012 - 10:00am
September 29, 2012
Wisconsin sand mines home to flourishing bat habitats
Anytime you see the main character of a scary movie moving very quietly and cautiously through a dark and dusty attic, it's inevitable -- a bat will fly out from behind a piece of antique furniture. But even though bats are commonly used to supply the fear factor in everything from...
September 29, 2012 - 5:00pm
Trout Unlimited, mining company team up for river restoration
While controversy swirls around the mining of silica sand, many of the industry's opponents have negative views of area mining companies. Conversely,...
September 29, 2012 - 1:00pm
August 30, 2012
Experts teach townships about zoning to control sand
"If you do nothing, you know what's going to happen," attorney and township zoning expert Jim Peters told a roomful of township officials and residents Thursday night. Peters was referring to the ever-present controversial issue of silica sand mining. He joined other attorneys...
August 30, 2012 - 5:00pm
August 18, 2012
County Board extends silica sand mining moratorium
While many of the concerned citizens at the Goodhue County Board meeting Thursday afternoon were familiar faces speaking in opposition to sand mining, a few who turned out to share their thoughts had not been heard by the board in the past. Red Wing resident Sarah Singer admitted...
August 18, 2012 - 7:00am
August 16, 2012
County extends silica sand mining moratorium
The Goodhue County Board voted unanimously at its meeting Thursday night to extend its silica sand mining moratorium for another 12 months. The existing moratorium was adopted last year and was originally set to expire Sept. 6. It will now be valid through Sept. 6, 2013. Learn more...
August 16, 2012 - 6:21pm
August 5, 2012
Hay Creek Town Board awaiting county decision
The Hay Creek Town Board is ready to take steps against silica sand mining in its township, but decided Wednesday to hold off on any actions until Goodhue County reaches some decisions. The county's moratorium on silica sand mining is set to expire Sept. 6, but if the County Board...
August 5, 2012 - 2:08pm
August 1, 2012
PAC: Extend moratorium
The crowd at Monday night's Goodhue County Planning Advisory Commission meeting went back and forth between irritated whispers and loud clapping depending on the opinions of the PAC members during their discussion about silica sand, but loud clapping won out in the end. The commission...
August 1, 2012 - 10:03am
July 28, 2012
Commissions develop recommendations for city
Based on what two city commissions are recommending, Red Wing could soon have some very strong regulations in place for silica sand mines. The Planning and Sustainability commissions have been holding joint meetings for months in order to develop a draft report of recommendations...
July 28, 2012 - 12:00pm
July 15, 2012
Mining panel: Dig deep with permit data
Sand is quickly filling the bottom of the hour glass as time is running out on Goodhue County's mining moratorium. Well aware of the upcoming deadline, the county's Mining Study Committee made sure to wrap up its studies this month.
July 15, 2012 - 12:00pm
June 30, 2012
City gets public input on sand report
For the past several weeks, members of both the Red Wing Advisory Planning and Sustainability commissions have been developing a draft report to eventually show City Council members the nitty-gritty details of silica sand mining. A majority of the sections in the draft are complete...
June 30, 2012 - 6:00pm
June 14, 2012
Emergency amendment made to moratorium
The Red Wing City Council decided Monday night the chance of silica sand loading and unloading operations popping up in the city warranted an emergency amendment to its sand mining moratorium. The council voted unanimously to support adding loading, unloading, storing, warehousing,...
June 14, 2012 - 8:00am