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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Frac Sand Mining on the St. Croix River at Grantsburg

We drove into the sand mine located on the st. Croix River just north of Hwy 70 West of Grantsburg today.  Frac Sand is mined, screened, sent to MN to be dried and then shipped to oil well country to be pumped down the wells to improve oil production.

The mine is about 1000 feet from the River.  You can see the location on google maps at
Frac Sand Mine on the St. Croix River west of Grantsburg link

Presentation scheduled on Frac Mining at St. Croix Falls

The St. Croix Scenic Coalition provided the following information about its upcoming event:
May 6, 2012 – 1 to 4 p.m.
St. Croix Falls Public Library
230 S. Washington St., St. Croix Falls, WI
A panel of experts will explain what frac sand is, how it is used, where it is found in the Valley and nearby in Minn/Wis, how it is mined, and the potential impacts of industrial scale mining on water and air quality, noise pollution, roads/traffic, valley and bluff land scenery, and the quality of life in the St. Croix River Valley.
Admission is free but registration is strongly encouraged at
If you have questions regarding this press release, please contact: St. Croix Scenic Coalition,; Rita Lawson, 715-247-3242

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