A two-year battle to build a frac sand plant on 16 acres of rare wetlands in Monroe County is coming to a head this spring. A judge will decide if the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources followed the law when it approved the project last year.
Wisconsin DNR Rejects New Restrictions on Mining Frack Sand . March 7, 2012. By Kenneth Artz. Wisconsin state environmental officials say they have no plans to impose new restrictions on the mining of sand for use in hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas. Wisconsin state environmental officials say they have no plans to impose new restrictions on the mining of sand for use in hydraulic ...
Frac sand is a highly rounded silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing and other various industries. The high demand for frac sand has resulted in an increase in mining and processing facilities in Wisconsin.
The state Department of Natural Resources last week approved a key element of a proposed major industrial sand-mining project in the town of Arcadia that was rejected by a Trempealeau County committee last fall.
The DNR referred two May 2012 frac sand mine violations that caused significant environmental damage to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The agency said it is reviewing the cases. The agency said it is reviewing the cases.
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.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources—Silica Sand Mining Report: Overview of the industry and potential impacts (PDF) U.S. Geological Survey: Frac Sand in the United States—A Geological and Industry Overview: Description of frac sand deposits and locations, and estimates of production, consumption, and reserves.
Locations of industrial sand mines and processing plants in Wisconsin. Industrial sand for use in the petroleum industry has been produced in Wisconsin for over 40 years.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it will not issue any citations against a frac sand mine that released an estimated 10 million gallons of wastewater in order to rescue a worker trapped in a holding pond for more than two hours this spring.
Wisconsin has high-quality sand resources and, as a result, the DNR has seen a substantial rise in permit requests to the department to mine industrial sand. Industrial sand is sometimes called "frac" sand or silica sand.
The EPA said the DNR should evaluate activities that create PM2.5 air quality impacts on a case-by-case basis and not broadly exempt industrial activity – like frac sand mining – from requirements to assess, monitor and control air quality impacts.
A Wisconsin appeals court has rejected attempts by a group of landowners to block a proposed frac sand operation in western Wisconsin but may open a door for legal challenges based on damages that have yet to occur.
A Monroe County judge is scheduled to rule this week on whether to advance a legal challenge to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' authority regarding a controversial frac sand operation. Last year the DNR granted Meteor Timber permission to fill 16.25 acres of high-grade wetlands in
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is allowing more frac sand mines to open even though it let its environmental regulations on the industry expire nine months ago because the rules didn't adequately protect streams from pollution, a state water regulator has confirmed.
Emails Show Frustration Over Lack Of Information From Company And Tight Deadlines Set By DNR Administration (WPR)---A two-year battle to build a frac sand plant on 16 acres of rare wetlands in Monroe County is coming to a head this spring.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources board has approved a new study on frac sand mining in Wisconsin. The department wants to update a 2012 report on sand mining with more current information after Midwest Environmental Advocates presented a petition to the agency's board in October seeking an industry analysis.
According to WSAU radio in Wisconsin, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has continued to let new frac-sand mines open, even though the agency's environmental regulations expired nine months ago.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has approved a permit application to change the course of Trout Run Creek, discharge fill material into wetlands and construct two bridges over the
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources continues to let new frac-sand mines open, even though the agency's environmental regulations expired nine months ago. The Wisconsin State Journal said over 200 non-metallic silica sand mines were approved under a now-expired 2009 permit.
DNR approves sand mining project with large wetlands loss. Sand project would mean the loss of more than 16 acres of wetlands - the most in a decade.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources board has approved a new study on frac sand mining in Wisconsin. The DNR wants to update a 2012 report on sand mining with more ...
According to a report on Wisconsin Public Radio, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has agreed to review – and possibly overturn – an administrative law judge's ruling stating the agency acted improperly when it issued wetland permits to a controversial frac sand mining project.
An environmental group and the Ho-Chunk Nation are suing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources over the agency's handling of a permit for a Georgia timber company that wants to build a frac sand operation in southwestern Wisconsin.
Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources will soon study the myriad impacts of the state's frac sand boom, thanks in part to a petition written by the green group Midwest Environmental Advocates.
On the action, Midwest Environmental Advocates Staff Attorney Sarah Geers said, "The DNR is ignoring the presence and cumulative impacts of fine particulate matter from facilities including frac sand mines under its new policy.
MADISON, Wis. — The state Department of Natural Resources board has approved a new study on frac sand mining in Wisconsin. The DNR wants to update a 2012 report on sand mining with more current information after Midwest Environmental Advocates presented a petition to the agency's board in
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is asking judges to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the agency's authority to overrule another judge's findings regarding a controversial Monroe ...
formal objection by the federal agency to an air pollution permit approved by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for an expanding frac sand mining operation. The request asks for the EPA's objection to the permit because the DNR would allow the Superior Silica Sands
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