A pair of proposed frac sand mines in Saratoga Township are still on hold after the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) recently agreed to to be the lead agency in directing an environmental impact statement (EIS) for both projects.
Roger Dabelstein and William Yoder are proposing large silica-sand quarries that would be located south of St. Charles. Public hearings were cancelled last month after both developers agreed to voluntary full EIS's.
According to the Post-Bulletin, Minnesota Sands LLC, which would operate the quarries, volunteered to do the full environmental review after running into major opposition from area residents.
The next step in the process is for the Winona County Board to set the scope for the environmental study.
Rick Frick of Houston is the sole remaining investor in Minnesota Sands and Minnesota Proppant, which wants to build a large sand-processing plant outside St. Charles.