Nearly four dozen organizations in Winona County are
calling for a ban on frac sand mining.
A total of 47 businesses and other groups in the county
sent a letter to the Winona County Board of Commissioners
asking them to put a stop to any new frac sand mining
or transportation operations in the county by passing
an amendment to the zoning ordinance.
They're worried the fracking industry would potentially
contaminate the county's groundwater .
and have other negative effects.
The extreme loss that we would feel, especially when
we see what has happened over in Wisconsin.
The potential damage to
our, every industry, our agriculture
industry, our tourism industry.
The group gathered for a rally earlier this evening
before attending the county's final public hearing
on the possible frac sand ban.
The county commissioners could make a decision on
the ban as soon as next month.