A list of members of a new statewide silica sand advisory committee has been released and it contains several names of people living in the Winona area.
The 15-member committee was appointed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and will look at possible rulemaking and the regulation of silica, or frack, operations in Minnesota
Industry representatives include Tom Rowecamp, the operator of Winona County's only sand mine in Saratoga Township.
Citizen members include Vance Ready of Winona County, Kelley Stenage of Houston County, and Katie Himanga of Lake City.
Among those representing local government will be Lynn Schoen of Wabasha.
The committee will have its first meeting on January 29th, and continue meeting monthly until new rules or rule revisions are proposed. The process is likely to take at least one year.
Committee meetings will be open to the public with some meetings in St.Paul and some in southeastern Minnesota.