Minn. lawmakers compromise on sand mining rules

Bloomberg: Critics of silica sand mining had hoped the Minnesota Legislature would adopt aggressive statewide rules to protect people and the environment. What finally emerged from the just-completed session, however, was a compromise that still leaves key decisions up to local governments. The sand in the bluffs and hills of southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin has been in high demand for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the new technology unlocking vast new deposits of oil and natural gas in......

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