As we noted in EQB staffer withdraws from Texas Frac Sand Logistics & Supply Chain 2013 workshop, the board had sent the draft of frac sand standards back to the drawing board.
A Houston County News story by Lee Newpapers staffer Mary Juhl, State looks to regulate sand, discloses some of the reasons why:
The recommendations also appear to conflict with other new regulations the state has pursued.
One example in particular is trout stream setbacks. The state Legislature this spring passed a measure requiring that any mine proposed within a mile of a trout stream will need a new permit. A mile, at 5,280 feet, is more than five times longer than the 900-foot setback the EQB has proposed.
Don't you just hate it when that happens?
Actually, a setback and permit are different matters, but one can see why rulemaking might take a bit longer than mining lobbyists might desire.
Photo: A trout from a southeastern Minnesota trout stream.
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