Minn. Lawmakers Push for Silica-Sand Mining Study

Created: 01/14/2013 5:04 PM KSTP.com By: Kaitlin Stevens

The fight over silica-sand mining in southeastern Minnesota is moving to the state Capitol.
    
Republican state Rep. Tim Kelly of Red Wing says he will push for a more extensive review of the potential effect of silica-sand mining.
    
Kelly supports the idea of a statewide environmental impact statement and a temporary moratorium on sand mining while the study is completed.
    
The sand is used for "fracking," a process to fracture rock to release oil or gas. Several counties in southeastern Minnesota have passed temporary moratoriums on silica-sand mining as officials weigh the potential effects, including heavy truck traffic.
    
Republican state Rep. Steve Drazkowski of Mazeppa tells the Post-Bulletin of Rochester that local policymakers already are able to get the information they need from state agencies to make decisions.

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