ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld Winona County’s frack sand ban.
The appeals court Monday affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit from a company that challenged the ordinance.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: UK Variant Outbreak Linked To Youth Sports In Carver County, Officials Recommend 2-Week Pause
Minnesota Sands and a group of landowners argued the 2016 mining ordinance violates their constitutional rights by singling out sand used for industrial purposes, such as fracking, while allowing mining for local construction uses.
But the La Crosse Tribune reports the appeals panel rejected that argument.READ MORE: More Than 1 Million Wisconsin Residents Have Been Vaccinated
Silica sand is used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a drilling process used to unlock underground oil and natural gas reserves.
Minnesota Sands president Richard Frick, of Dakota, Minnesota, said in a statement the company is “extremely disappointed” by the ruling and is considering whether to appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.MORE NEWS: Faces Of COVID: Daryl Kruger, 82, Loved His Grandkids And The MN Twins
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