Frack Sand Operation Ceases
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has ordered a Houston County frack sand mine to cease operations.
The July 25th letter from Tom Hovey, Water Registration Unit Supervisor, says the Erickson Silica Sand Mine is within a one-mile buffer zone from Ferndale Brook, and must, under a recent state law, receive a trout stream setback permit.
Hovey said the mine, whose conditional use permit was recently reinstated by Houston County, qualifies as a new project and is subject to the setback permit requirement.
Therefore the mine must cease operations until it applies for and receives a setback permit.
In order to receive the setback permit, the Erickson Mine must undergo a pre-application meeting and a site visit with affected agencies...complete a hydrological evaluation...and submit a mining and reclamation plan.
The mine was given five business days to inform the D-N-R it has ceased operations and acknowledge the need for a trout stream setback permit before resuming operations.
The DNR's action followed from a letter sent to the D-N-R by the Land Stewardship Project in Lewiston.