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St. Charles Says No to Fracking

Posted at: 02/14/2013 6:40 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A proposed frac sand facility in St. Charles has hit a major road block.

The St. Charles city council decided this week to derail a major frac sand facility right outside of town. The project is a proposed 70 million dollar frac sand mine and rail loading facility.

With just one drive through the town of St. Charles you get a pretty good idea about how the residents feel about a new frac sand facility.

"I've seen a lot of signs, definitely more that say stop the frac attack," said resident Neil Wimmer.

While the city is in need of new business, this frac sand facility leaves many with questions.

"It's a tradeoff so it would bring some business, but at what cost?" said Wimmer.

In order for the facility to be built a portion of land needs to be annexed from the township to the city. The township told the city council this week that their residents are not in favor of the facility.

"The council at this point has taken a position to take no action at this time," said city administrator Nick Koverman.

For now the project will be put on the back burner.

The frac sand facility would be built on farmland right outside of St. Charles, near rail lines. It would also bring in 150 trucks a day.

More trucks through town are just one of the concerns of the public.

"Effects to our ground water, the truck impact, you know the noise, the dust," said Koverman.

The city plans to do more in depth research on the effects the facility may have on the area. Work that will take over a year to do.

"There's a lot more to come, I think it remains to be scene," said Koverman.

Residents just want the city to make the right decision for everyone.

"If you allow it in that's a pretty long term commitment, so you want to make sure your making an informed knowledgeable decision," said Wimmer.

The proposed facility would create about 50 jobs in the city, and it would cost around $70 million dollars.