Frac sand mines credited for rising, dropping property values

Accessible sand can bring a windfall for some landowners. Others worry that proximity to sand mines is bringing down the value of their homes. And in some communities, a safety net of sorts is emerging.

Coast Guard tests new methods for heavy oil recovery

In 2011, the Coast Guard tested, off New Jersey’s shoreline, three prototypes for finding, mapping and recovering submerged oil, from three companies that each spent a year on the problem

Spill response ‘inadequate’ for tar sands crude on Great Lakes

A refinery’s proposal to ship heavy crude oil from Superior across the Great Lakes has emergency responders gearing up to bolster gaps in current oil spill response plans. And the gaps are substantial, experts say.

New frac sand bill still divides

A legislative hearing Monday on a revised attempt to limit local governments’ authority to regulate nonmetallic mining, including existing frac sand mines, drew support from mining representatives but opposition from town leaders.

Gambling has given Ho-Chunk new hope
Gambling has given Ho-Chunk new hope

Gambling has provided the tribe’s roughly 7,400 members with jobs, opportunity and income. It has gone to build infrastructure, create programs, and preserve the Ho-Chunk way of life.

Even while adapting, most Wisconsin farmers are climate skeptics
Even while adapting, most Wisconsin farmers are climate skeptics

The upshot: “First thing about climate change: Don’t talk about climate change,” said UW-Madison researcher Paul Mitchell. “Whatever language you need to use to work with your audience — that’s the language you would use.”

With frac sand boom in full swing, study to guide mine reclamation

Mining companies, Chippewa County and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls are teaming up on a $232,000, five-year study probing how the vast tracts of Wisconsin used for nonmetallic mining — including for frac sand — can best be reclaimed.

Changes ease Minnesota family’s worries
Changes ease Minnesota family’s worries

Eleta Pierce has been on and off MinnesotaCare, a program for working low-income people. Beginning Jan. 1, Pierce and her family will be eligible for Medicaid coverage.

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