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U.S. Silica announced plans to build a new frac sand facility in the Permian Basin. Photo: Bill Cunningham, USGS, public domain [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Court affirms decision blocking frac sand mine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has affirmed a decision blocking a frac sand mine in western Wisconsin.

The Mississippi Land Connection and Timber Company LLC and Wisconsin Bluff Sands LLC filed an application for a permit for a mine in the town of Waumandee in 2013. The Buffalo County Board of Adjustment denied the application after hearing from experts that little vegetation would grow in the area after the mine closed and from members of the public concerned about potential traffic, declining air quality and declining property values.

The 1st District Court of Appeals upheld the board’s decision on Tuesday, finding that the board properly considered the mine’s environmental impact.

The companies’ attorney, Richard White, said he hadn’t seen the decision and had no comment.


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