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Moratorium on silica sand mining extended

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The Goodhue County Board voted unanimously to extend its moratorium on silica sand mining on Tuesday. It had been scheduled to expire Sept. 6.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports that a compromise extension will last additional 180 days. The board rejected a one-year extension of the moratorium sought by mining opponents.

The Associated Press reports the vote followed 2 hours of testimony that was often heated. Opponents have raised concerns about the environmental impact of sand mining.

Windsor Permian purchased acreage near Red Wing in 2011 that includes sand used in the hydraulic fracturing process to extract natural gas and oil from deep within the earth.

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The Rochester Post Bulletin reports both the Houston and Fillmore County Boards passed resolutions earlier this week. Goodhue, Wabasha and Winona are also among the list of counties, cities and townships concerned with the proliferation of silica sand mines.