The Buffalo County Health & Human Services Committee has said it would not support extending a moratorium on frac sand mining permits to wait for more study results.
Former Buffalo County board supervisor Eldon Schlesser said he was "strictly against" going beyond a seven month moratorium that expires on Oct. 31st. Schlesser, a newly appointed citizen representative on the health & human services committee, said public health and other frac-sand studies could proceed without a moratorium.
Steve Weiss of Gilmanton, chairman of the committee, and Fay Passow of Belvidere, sided with Schlesser in a 3 to 1 vote to pass its recommendation on to a county board zoning committee. A Buffalo County Zoning Committee plans to meet after a public hearing Friday morning in Gilmanton to hear testimony on extending the moratorium.
The zoning committee recently voted to bring a proposal to public hearing for a 6-month moratorium extension until April 30th to do more sand studies.