Posted on 24 October 2013 in Economy, Environment, Frac sand, Government, Latest
The impact of a controversial bill that would restrict local government regulation of frac sand mines might be broader than originally thought, affecting the proposed iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin and factory farms across the state, opponents said Thursday at a Capitol hearing.
Posted on 17 October 2013 in Environment, Government, Latest
The draft bill, now being circulated for cosponsors, would bar local governments from regulating some aspects of nonmetallic mining, including its impacts on air quality, water, road use and reclamation.
Posted on 06 October 2013 in Frac sand, Government, Health & Welfare, Latest
Like some other west-central Wisconsin residents, Frances and Dean Sayles are frustrated with the state Department of Natural Resources’ lack of a comprehensive approach to addressing concerns surrounding potential health problems from crystalline silica dust. Now some residents, academics, local government officials and even a frac sand producer have begun taking action.
Posted on 16 May 2013 in Economy, Frac sand, Latest
A new report says that the overall economic impact of frac sand mining will be minimal, and cautions communities to consider the potential costs of mining along with the benefits.
Posted on 02 May 2013 in Frac sand
Frac sand mining has surged in Wisconsin in recent years, growing from a handful of sites to more than 110 permitted facilities. This project page is home to all of our coverage, including maps, charts, and other resources.
Posted on 20 March 2013 in Latest, WisWatch Blog
Audio from Minnesota Public Radio News on the difference between the two states’ approaches to regulating the growing frac sand mining industry.
Posted on 19 March 2013 in Latest, WisWatch Blog
Minnesota Public Radio News hosts a Q&A with Minnesota Chief Geologist Tony Runkel on frac sand mining.
Posted on 15 December 2012 in Economy, Environment, Latest
The rapid growth in Wisconsin’s frac sand industry is slowing, thanks to lower prices and increased supply. The sand is still in demand, but people who expected that they could get rich quick on the state’s sandy soils may be disappointed.