Frac sand protestors go to trial in Winona
Protestors face misdemeanor trespass charges
The jury trial began Monday for 25 frac sand protestors who are facing charges of misdemeanor trespass.
In April 2013, 35 people were arrested while blocking entrances to two separate frac sand processing and shipping facilities in Winona.
The point of the protests was to disrupt business-as-usual for multiple frac sand operations in Winona County.
"A group of citizens from a very small rural community had the ability and the courage to stand up and speak out against something that they thought was wrong and now the city is prosecuting us for that instead of listening to our concerns and acting to those in the first place,” said frac sand protestor Daniel Wilson.
Frac sand mining has been a hot-button issue in Midwestern communities and around the country because of health and environmental concerns. Some truckers who do the hauling call the protestors actions misguided.
The trial is expected to last three days.
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