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Frac-sand mining boom spurs new bills

Legislation is being proposed to prohibit frac-sand mining within 2,500 feet of a residential area.

Growth of the frac-sand mining industry leads Wisconsin state Senator Kathleen Vinehout to introduce legislation with some controls. Five bills being proposed would give property owners and local government more power to control where the mines and processing plants can be located.

Vinehout's district in the western part of the state is home to several frac-sand operations. Statewide there are up to 50 mining plants going now, with dozens more proposed.

Some of Vinehout's other bills would authorize counties to issue licenses for frac- sand exploration.