frac sand mining

Nigel Corby

Impassioned testimony lasted all day at the state capitol, as groups lined up to speak on a bill limiting local control of some mining activities.

The legislation drafted by Hazelhurst Senator Tom Tiffany says towns must defer to state standards regarding air and water quality standards for blasting and other activities. 

Communities could still control non-metallic mining using zoning regulations.  But not all towns have that power. 

A state Senate bill regulating frac sand mining could overturn local rules relating to the proposed Penokee mine. 

The bill authored by Senator Tom Tiffany has drawn attention for how it would limit local control over nonmetallic mining. 

But the bill also contains provisions that regulate blasting for ANY type of mine or quarry.

A state Senator says many people are said to be heading to Madison Thursday morning to give testimony on a bill that would limit local governments control over frac sand mining.

The bill was authored by State Senator Tom Tiffany and Assembly Represenative Joan Ballweg. The bill would limit the powers of local governments to regulate placement of non-metallic mines. State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, whose district includes some of the frac mines, said the issue relates to local control...