The Pepin County Board of Supervisors has approved a frac-free zone for an area in the county on the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin.
The vote Wednesday night was 9-to-3 in favor of the ordinance that bans frac sand development on a ten-mile strip of land.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports no Minnesota or Wisconsin county has flatly banned frac sand operations in a single defined territory.
The action has drawn criticism from mining proponents but was heralded by by residents around the villages of Pepin and Stockholm who pushed for the ban to prevent destruction of the area's natural environment and possible impact on tourism.
The Winona County Board of Commissioners approved the county's first frac sand mine earlier this month in Saratoga Township but the operation has not started yet.....