DNR Agrees To Conduct In-Depth Study Of Frac Sand Mining

Natural Resources Board Will Need To Approve Study Next Week

Above, a frac sand mine in western Wisconsin. Photo: Carol Mitchell (CC-BY-NC-ND).

The Department of Natural Resources has agreed to conduct an in-depth study of Wisconsin’s frac sand industry.

In October, frac sand mining opponents petitioned the Natural Resources Board asking for a strategic analysis of the industry — a comprehensive look at how sand mining is impacting the environment, economy and human health. On Monday, the DNR recommended the board approve the study.

Midwest Environmental Advocates Director Kim Wright said it’s a big step for concerned citizens.

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“We needed this information a long time ago,” she said. “We need this process to move forward at a steady pace and we need the scope of that study to address all of the concerns that we have.”

The DNR will propose its final plans for the frac sand study to the Natural Resources Board at their meeting Jan. 23.