Winona County votes on 1st frack sand mine 04 Jun 13

WINONA, Minn. (AP) – Winona County commissioners are set to vote on the first frack sand mine in the county.


The initial application for the 20-acre mine in Saratoga Township was denied after the county imposed a moratorium on frack sand mining in 2012. A second application was submitted after the moratorium expired.


County commissioners voted in April to pass on an intensive environmental review sought by some residents. The Winona Daily News says that vote came after the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health called for the project to be added to a more sweeping environmental review of several mines in both Winona and Fillmore counties.


The commissioners’ vote on the project is expected Tuesday.



Information from: Winona Daily News,