“Wisconsin needs to get its act together on frac sand mining.
Most of the regulatory authority is local. The state has taken a hands-off approach to this major and permanent alteration to the landscape. That’s terribly shortsighted. For Wisconsin, “drill, baby, drill” means “dig, baby, dig.”
Reclamation is required on these sites, but let’s not kid ourselves. The land will be forever altered.
Here’s a suggestion: The state should assess mitigation fees for the removal of the resource and the impacts on agriculture and rural communities. A fee should be assessed on every ton of frac sand that leaves this state, never to return.”
Read it all at Sand, oil, soil and cash by Bill Berry at the Fighting Bob blog