The hearings are on the proposed Dabblestein and Yoder mines and area farmer, Vince Ready, is urging the county to order an in-depth Environmental Impact Statement.
Johanna Rupprecht, with the Land Stewardship Project in Lewiston, agrees with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Department of Health that the potential health and environmental impacts would be permanent.
Thursday's joint public hearing will be held at the Tandeski Center at Minnesota State College--Southeast Tech starting at 7:00 p.m. The Winona County Board is expected to vote on the EIS for the proposed sand mines on March 5th.
Mining officials say they will be responsible users of the land and the projects would bring jobs and an infusion of wealth to Winona County. But Ready says, from what he has seen in other areas where frac mining is underway, that's not really the case.
The state legislature holds its first public hearing on the frac sand issue tomorrow (Tuesday) at noon at the state capital.