frac sand mining

Water from frac sand facility reaches national wildlife refuge

In order to rescue a bulldozer operator in a retention pond at a Trempealeau County sand mine Monday, workers released 10 million gallons of pond water. The release of this orange-colored water has now reached the end of the Trempealeau River and is threatening the nearby wildlife refuge. 

Bill would strip local mining regulations

Sand mining is an industry officials say needs constant supervision – but a proposed bill would strip some of that supervision from local government.

Company finds loophole in mining moratorium

When the Trempealeau County Board voted to temporarily suspend frac sand mining last month, its members thought the issue was solved – but one company has found a loophole that may allow it to build a new mine this year.