Sand company appeals classification at hearingThe Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company was granted a public hearing to determine their operation, which extracts sand from the area, is considered an unclassified or unspecified activity as it relates to zoning ordinances in the Village of Maiden Rock.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article was submitted for publication in the Herald by the Maiden Rock Concerned Citizens group.
MAIDEN ROCK--The Wisconsin Industrial Sand Company was granted a public hearing to determine their operation, which extracts sand from the area, is considered an unclassified or unspecified activity as it relates to zoning ordinances in the Village of Maiden Rock.
The hearing was scheduled for Monday of this week.
This is the latest in a series of actions by the mine to expand its Frac Sand mining activities in both the village and Town of Maiden Rock. An earlier request for a conditional use permit to mine property in the village was tabled in December, pending the development of a long-range comprehensive plan by the village.
“It appears that the mine is trying to move forward on developing mining activity in their recently acquired land in the village,” says Fred Harding, a member of the Maiden Rock Concerned Citizens group. “The mine appears to want to have a precedent established before the comprehensive plan is enacted, essentially grandfathering their activities in place. We feel that there are a number of concerns that need to be addressed satisfactorily for all sides before expanded mining in the village moves forward.”
The mine was recently granted a two-year conditional use permit for expanded operations in the Town of Maiden Rock. That permit, which is issued by the county, does not apply to the village. The mine has recently acquired two parcels of land within village boundaries, totaling 369 acres, they wish to use to expand mining operations.
The mine produces sand, which is used for multiple purposes, including a process called Fracing. Fracing is a process used to extract natural gas and is the subject of the Oscar-nominated film “Gasland,” as well as a recent series of articles in the New York Times.
For more please read the March 30 print version of the Herald.