Frack Mine Appeal

A group of residents opposed to a frack sand mine in Saratoga Township has lost their appeal.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has turned back a challenge to Winona County's newest frack sand mine.

The twelve residents challenged the county board's approval for a condition use permit for the 19-acre sand mine.

Judge Francis Connolly, writing for the three-judge panel, says there's a reasonable basis for the permit and the board's conclusion that the project wouldn't have a significant environmental effect.

The owners of the land where the mine is located, David and Sherry Nisbit, originally applied for the permit in 2011, but the county imposed a one-year moratorium on mine permits. the board, in April 2013, approved the permit with 39 conditions.

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