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FRAC SAND BRIEFS ■ According to multiple news reports, at least 40 people have been arrested in Winona, Minn., during a protest of frac sand mining. Protesters gathered at an intersection and then walked to the commercial harbor and a sand processing plant on Winona's west end. Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack tells the Winona Daily News about 20 people were arrested at each site after being warned they were trespassing on private property. Winona Catholic Workers organized the protest. Protesters say their goal was to halt business operations at each site. Dan Nisbit, owner of CD Corp., which leases the commer‐ cial dock, says the protest created a distraction for work‐ ers and temporarily slowed operations at the facility. ■ According to the Caledonia Argus, interest over industrial frac sand mining in Houston County, Minn., has weighed heavy on the hearts of several county resi‐ dents, and the disbandment of the frac sand study com‐ mittee has these residents bending the ears of their county commissioners in the name of health, safety and welfare. The majority of public comment shared during the April 23 county board meeting dealt with frac sand mining. Concerned residents say the study committee – disbanded on April 19 –blatantly disregarded county board directives, specifically over the prohibition of sand washing with or without flocculents, and demonstrated a callous indifference to the 2008 Comprehensive Land Use Plan of the county. ® ™ Linatex Livewire Screen Live ewire An amendment to an environmental bill that would prohibit silica sand mining near some state streams and waterways was narrowly defeated at the Minnesota state capitol, according to KARE TV. The measure in the Senate Game and Fish bill would stop silica or "frac" sand mining within a mile from any trout streams in far southeast Min‐ nesota. "You just want to make sure you get ahead of this," said DFL State Senator Matt Schmit of Red Wing. "I had 10 town hall meetings in the month of March and this issue more than anything came up time and time again." ■ Your best choice aga o against blinding, pegging and wear ■ According to the Winona Daily News, Buffalo County, Minn., zoning supervisors have voted 3‐1 to approve changes to the county's frac sand regulations. The biggest change would require the county's board of adjustment to consider both individual and cumulative effects from a mining operation by investigating location, size, traffic density and other factors. Committee chair Tom Taylor said the proposed ordinance as amended is "rock solid." He said it would be a good starting point and could be modified as needed. Zoning committee member Jim Ziegeweid expressed concerns about the new language, saying it was premature to vote on it without further study. Ziegeweid cast the sole vote against adding the cu‐ mulative standards to the permitting process. www.rockproducts.com Higher screening efficiency wires vibrate independently for enhanced self cleaning action Molded rubber strips provide maximum wear life Side by side wire placement improves wear life compared to conventional interlocked woven wire sections LINAT LINATEX® ATEX Screening Products For more information please call +01 715 483 9611 or visit: www.weirminerals.com www.weirminerals.com Excellent Minerals Solutions Copyright © 2013 Linatex Corporation of America.. All rights reserved.; LINATEX is a registered trademark of reserved.; LINATEX Linatex Ltd; LIVEWIRE is a trademark and/or registered trademark of Durex Products, Inc.; WEIR is a trademark and/ or registered trademark of Weir Engineering Services Ltd. Weir Services ROCKproducts • JUNE 2013 13

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