Frac Sand Mining Opponents want Stricter Regulations

By KBJR News 1

February 20, 2013 Updated Feb 20, 2013 at 1:09 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com & KTTC) - An extremely controversial industry in Minnesota made its way to the state Capitol on Tuesday.

It was the first ever legislative hearing on frac sand mining.

The discussions revolved around the notion of whether the state should step in when it comes to regulating the frac sand operations within its borders.

Numerous agency representatives from the DNR, Minnesota Health Department, and MnDOT testified.

Citizens were also given a chance to give testimony before the board.

"Beautiful little towns like Wabasha contribute to the high quality of life we have come to brag about here in Minnesota. the state needs to get involved now to help us protect our home," said Lynn Schoen, a Wabasha City Councilor.

"We don't believe that there is anything generic about any of the facilities or the processing," said Mike Caron with Tiller Corporation. "They're each unique and each of them should be studied on their own so that all of the local issues and concerns can be dealt with."

Sen. John Marty of Roseville, who chaired the hearing, says a statewide study of the industry may call for temporary moratorium on new mines.

A bill to do just that is expected to be introduced on Thursday.