The consideration of a proposed Winona County ordinance that would impose a county-wide frac sand mining ban continues to move forward.
At the Winona Daily News, Glen Olson reports in Planning commission sets dates for future frac sand meetings:
The county-wide frac sand ban debate took a few small steps forward Thursday night, but will be the subject of several more meetings.
The Winona County Planning Commission will continue discussion on a proposed county ban on industrial sand mining, particularly as it relates to silica sand for fracking, on Aug. 8, Aug. 11 and Aug. 15.
Questions of what information is needed to continue that discussion and to make a decision, and how staff should be directed to request it, dominated Thursday' night's meeting. . . .
Despite not having any more public hearings on the issue, written opinions are being accepted until August 1.
Aug. 16 is the deadline for the recommendation to the Winona County Board of Commissioners, at which point they could recommend to accept, deny or modify the ordinance change.
For earlier coverage of this issue, see the posts below.
Photo: A frac sand mine. Residents of Winona County have organized to pressure the County Board to pass an ordinance banning the boom-and-bust industry inside the county's borders. They want land use that promotes farming and tourism, sustainable job growth, safe roads, and environmental protection.
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