Frac Sand Hearing Changed
The Buffalo County Land Resources Department has decided to allow a permit application to mine, wash and haul frack sand go forward.
A group of landowners, who represent Badger Bluff Sands LLC, wants to mine sand from an area off Schoepps Valley Road in the Town of Waumandee.
A hearing in front of the county board of zoning adjustment initially planned for Jan. 21st is now set for January 31st at 11 a.m. in Alma.
After a boundary line dispute with a neighboring landowner came to light in late December, the land resources department tabled the mining permit.
The proposed mining project has been controversial since it was introduced over six months ago, and opponents have been organizing in earnest to persuade the 3-panel board of adjustment to deny the permit.
The proposed permit application says the company wants to mine some 2.3 million tons of frac-sand in three phases over 10 years.
Although the project was endorsed 2 to 1 by the Waumandee Town Board, the county's zoning committee did not take a stand for or against the permit.
A conveyor system would be used to move sand on-site. Semi-tractor trailer trucks would haul up to 100 loads of sand daily when the mine is operating.