A divide over frack-sand mining in Buffalo County was evident again Friday at a public hearing where the county zoning board of adjustment tabled a permit application for a proposed mining and sand washing plant in the Town of Waumandee.
Badger Bluff Sands, LLC, a company formed by a family consortium of landowners in Waumandee, is seeking a 10-year conditional-use permit to excavate frack-sand from about 25 acres of agricultural and forested land. They also want to build and operate a sand washing plant for 20 years.
Nearby homeowner Steve Willadsen says a large majority of people living in Schoepps Valley and Oak Valley where mining would take place are against the project.
Cochrane-Fountain City School Superintendent Tom Hiebert said cumulative impacts of frac-sand trucks traveling near the school threatened safety of a dozen buses transporting students.
The 3-member board of adjustment postponed a decision on the permit until March while it obtains more information about the project and waits for better weather to schedule a visit to the site of the proposed operations
The panel also requested that the state Department of Transportation do a traffic impact analysis of increased trucking on state highways 88 and 35 that encompasses all mining projects approved and pending in Buffalo County.