Winona County OKs permit for 1st frack sand mine

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Winona County commissioners have approved a conditional use permit for the first frack sand mine in the southeastern Minnesota county.

Commissioners voted 3-2 Tuesday to grant a permit for the proposed mine south of Utica.

KAGE Radio ( ) reports the board rejected a motion to suspend action on the permit until after a state appeals court can hear a citizens’ appeal of an earlier board decision to not require a full environmental review.

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.


Information from: KAGE-AM,

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