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New bills would regulate sand-mining in Wisconsin

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MADISON (WRN-WSAU) Wisconsin's booming sand-mining industry is the focus of several bills being proposed at the Capitol.

Recent years have seen an explosion of interest in mining a type of sand that's used in drilling for natural gas, and state Senator Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) says Wisconsin has been woefully unprepared for the booming industry. Vinehout says it's creating a conflict with property owners near mining locations, some of whom only find out about a proposed mine after it has been approved.

 

The Alma Democrat is introducing a series of five bills that change the notification and approval process for sand mines.The proposals would also allow counties to issue sand exploration permits, require a 2,500-foot buffer between mines and residential properties, and require anyone selling property to tell potential buyers if a mine is being proposed in the area, and to give property owners at least 30-day’s notice that project is being considered in their area.

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