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MAR 2013

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Iowa Company Refuses to Withdraw Permit An Iowa company pursuing a frac sand mine within the protected Lower Wisconsin State Riverway has no inten��� tion of withdrawing its application, despite being urged to do so by the board that oversees development within the corridor, according to The Cap Times. ���Pattison Sand Co. owes it to our customers, employees and the land owners to move forward with the project,��� said Beth Regan, spokeswoman for the Clayton, Iowa��� based firm. ���We cannot withdraw our request now. Too much work has gone into the project." Existing rules allow nonmetallic mining within the 92��� mile riverway corridor as long as the operation is not vis��� ible from the river itself, although there is some ambiguity regarding those rules as it pertains to an indus��� trial mine. number of trucks moving in and out of the mine site on Wisconsin 60 would detract from the riverway. When at full operation, the proposed sand mine could send up to 120 trucks a day west on Highway 60 from the mine site headed to Pattison���s processing facility on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River. The processed sand would be shipped out of state via rail cars for use in hy��� draulic fracturing. No timetable for action on the permit application has been set by the Riverway Board. The town of Bridgeport also is reviewing the mining proposal for compliance but has also not reached a decision. The Riverway Board sent a letter to Pattison, saying the Mayor Causes Uproar With Second Job as Frac Sand Executive Director Red Wing, Minn., Mayor Dennis Egan has been hired to run a new lobbying and trade group for the frac sand in��� dustry, triggering an outcry in his hometown just as it begins consider��� ing what position to take in a sand��� mining debate that is emerging at the state capitol, according to the Star Tribune. ing. The sand council, a consortium of aggregate and trucking companies with interests in frac sand and gravel, has hired Twin Cities law firm Larkin Hoffman to lobby its cause. Egan sees no conflict of interest and won���t step down while he works as executive director of the Minnesota Industrial Sand Council. But Egan���s decision also occurs as de��� bate rages up and down the Missis��� sippi River corridor over the sand boom. But Red Wing City Council President Lisa Bayley, a lawyer, said she has re��� ceived many ���complaints, questions and concerns���' from residents about the mayor���s new job as a paid advo��� cate for an industry that is at the forefront of local concern. In the past four years, more than 100 mines and processing facilities have been permitted in Wisconsin and Min��� nesota in a rush largely controlled by local units of government. The situation comes as the sand���min��� ing industry is raising its profile at the Capitol amid a boom in silica min��� 20 ROCKproducts ��� MARCH 2013 Egan, a professional lobbyist, also has registered in St. Paul to lobby for the sand council. Egan said there are no applications pending before the city for frac sand facilities The city ordinance that will regulate the industry was ���put to bed��� in Octo��� ber, and the sand council shares his position that ���mining the bluffs on the Mississippi River is not a good idea.��� ���In my mind, there���s not a conflict,���' Egan has stated. www.rockproducts.com

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