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Plenty of fracking to go around

Jeff Moore

By Jeff Moore

Fracking, a method for extracting natural gas and oil from shale rock, is a hot topic around Wisconsin as the fight over jobs, technology and the environment hits a feverish level. Fracking is also a hot topic in the bidding arena as seen in these notices from around the state:

• Pursuant to Chapter 18.93 of the County Code, Non-Metallic Mining Reclamation, an application has been filed by Five Star Telecom Properties, LLC to operate a sand mine on property described below. The reclamation planned at the site will be light recreational with the construction of a lake and prairie vegetation. Property owners: Five Star Telecom Properties, LLC.

Legal Description:

LOT 1 OF CSM V.14 PG.1 (#2509) LYG IN

THE NE-SE, NW-SE, SE-SE CONT 42.78

AC WITHOUT RD R/W, LOT 2 OF CSM

V.14 PG.1 (#2509) LYG IN THE SE/14

CONT 41.910 AC WITHOUT RD RNV, LOT

3 OF CSM V.14 PG.1 (#2509) LYG IN THE

SE-SE, SW-SE, NW-SE CONT 55.21 AC

WITHOUT RD RNV, all in Section 7, T26NR6W

all in the Town of Bridge Creek, Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.

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• Town of Bear Creek Resolution # 02-2012 entitled “Town of Bear Creek Request to Delay the Permit Process for the A.F. Gelhar Sand Mine” Notice is hereby given that Resolution #02-2012 entitled “Town of Bear Creek Request to Delay the Permit Process for the A.F. Gelhar Sand Mine” has been adopted as of October 8th, 2012. To summarize the resolution, it our town’s request to the Waupaca County Zoning Board to delay the permit process of the sand mine in the Town of Union until our newly hired county planner has had the opportunity to review the proposal and make recommendations to the local governments and to the County Board. The full text of the resolution can be obtained by contacting the municipal clerk at 715-752- 4275 or E8525 Silver Creek Road, Bear Creek, WI 54922.

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• TOWN OF TIFFANY
DUNN COUNTY, WISCONSIN
ORDINANCE 2012-01
NONMETALLIC MINE
OPERATOR’S LICENSE ORDINANCE

Please take notice that the Town of Tiffany has enacted Ordinance No. 2012-01, Nonmetallic Mine Operator’s License Ordinance, on October 8, 2012. The Ordinance establishes the minimum standards for all nonmetallic mining operations in the Town and required licensing for nonmetallic mining operators and facility operators within the town. The full text of Ordinance 2012-01 may be obtained at the town Clerk’s office at E1943 1070th Avenue, Boyceville. For additional information contact Town Clerk Karen Adams at 715-643-2034. WNAXLP

October 17, 2012

OCTOBER 2012 MEETING REGULAR COUNTY BOARD MEETING

OCTOBER 9, 2012 ROOM 302 – CHIPPEWA COUNTY COURTHOUSE

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO BE HEARD

Patricia Popple spoke in regard to sand mines (copy on file). Popple expressed concern that Chippewa County only lists three standards in their zoning code that address non-metallic mining, compared to Calumet County, which has 18 standards. With Chippewa County having as many sand mines as we do, she feels there should be more standards listed in the code. Vicky Trinko of the Town of Cooks Valley stated that she has recently been diagnosed with asthma, with feeling that the nearby sand mines are the cause.

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• The St. Croix County Board of Adjustment has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center, 1101 Carmichael Road, Hudson, Wisconsin, to consider the following requests under the St. Croix County Zoning Ordinance. The Board may view the site in question, after which the Board will deliberate and vote on the request.

SPECIAL EXCEPTION

APPLICANT: Roderick Rivard et al

AGENT: The Kraemer Company, LLC

LOCATION: SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4, NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4, Section

12, T3ON, R2OW and the SW1/4 of the SW 114,

Section 7, T3ON R19W, Town of Somerset

ADDRESS: 302 Old Scout Camp Road, Houlton WI

REQUEST: Special Exception for renewal of a non-metallic mining operation pursuit to Section 17.15(6)(g) of the St. Croix County Zoning Ordinance and subject to the provisions of the Nonmetallic Mining Ordinance.

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• TOWN OF CLAYTON

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on September 18, 2012, the Town Board of the Town of Clayton enacted the following ordinance:

ORDINANCE NO: 1201

TITLE: AN ORDINANCE FOR THE TOWN OF CLAYTON, CRAWFORD COUNTY, WISCONSIN, IMPOSING A MORATORIUM ON THE EXPANSION OF EXISTING AND CREATION OF NEW FRAC SAND MINING OPERATIONS WITHIN THE TOWN OF CLAYTON PENDING THE STUDY OF POSSIBLE LEGISLATIVE ACTION. SUMMARY:This moratorium is to allow the Town of Clayton adequate time to study the possible impacts that frac sand mining operations and processing plants related to frac sand mining may have on the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the Town of Clayton The ordinance states Purpose, Definitions, Moratorium Imposed, Term, Action and Study During Moratorium, Severability Clause, and Penalty Provision.

AVAILABILITY:A copy of the full text of the ordinance may be obtained from:

Town of Clayton, Clerk

Dayna Hooverson

17437 Old 61 Rd

Gays Mills, WI 54631

608-624-3689

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• VILLAGE OF SOLDIERS GROVE

NOTICE OF NEWLY ENACTED

ORDINANCE

Please take notice that the Village of Soldiers Grove, Crawford County, Wisconsin, enacted Ordinance 2012- 02 on the 4th day of October 2012. This is an ordinance imposing a Moratorium on the Expansion of Existing and Creation of New Nonmetallic Mining Operations within the Village of Soldiers Grove. Pending the Study of Possible Legislative Action. The full text of Ordinance 2012-02 may be viewed at the Village Clerk’s office at 102 Passive Sun Dr., Soldiers Grove, WI 54655, during regular business hours, Monday- Friday from 8:00-12:00 and 12:30-4:30. The Village Clerk’s telephone number is 608-624-3264. Tamara S. Kepler

Village Clerk

Village of Soldiers Grove

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• TOWN OF MARIETTA

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

A Special Town Meeting will be held on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Marietta Town Hall for discussion on the purchase of a used grader; Frac Sand Mining; for consideration of Village Powers; and a six month moratorium on Frac Sand Mining.

The Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board will conduct a regular monthly business meeting in Wauzeka on Thursday, Oct. 11. Among the decision items to be considered by the board will be a proposal to by Pattison Sand Company of Iowa to establish a frac sand mining operation in the Town of Bridgeport, Crawford County. Portions of the proposed mine will be located within the Riverway boundary. Representatives of the mining company will give a presentation on the proposal. Mark Cupp, Riverway Board Executive Director, said, “Nonmetallic mining, such as frac sand mining, is a permissible use in the Riverway if certain regulations, known as performance standards, are met. For a frac sand mine, such as proposed for the Town of Bridgeport, the regulations require that the excavation and any equipment or stockpiled material may not be visible from the river.” Cupp noted that additional permits from other state agencies and local government also are required. The Riverway Board may act to approve or deny the mining applications at the Oct. 11 meeting or may delay action until additional information is obtained. Cupp said public comment on the proposal will be accepted at the Wauzeka meeting. The meeting will be held at the Wauzeka village hall, 213B E. Front Street, beginning at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Mark Cupp at (608) 739- 3188 or 1-800-221-3792 or by e-mail at mark.cupp@wisconsin. gov.

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• VILLAGE OF GAYS MILLS

NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF ORDINANCE

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on October 1, 2012, the

Village Board of the Village of Gays Mills enacted the

following ordinance:

ORDINANCE NO: 2012-06

TITLE: AN ORDINANCE TO CREATE SECTION 7.08 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF GAYS MILLS, CRAWFORD COUNTY, WISCONSIN, IMPOSING A MORATORIUM ON THE EXPANSION OF EXISTING AND CREATION OF NEW FRAC SAND MINING OPERATIONS WITHIN THE VILLAGE OF GAYS MILLS PENDING THE STUDY OF POSSIBLE LEGISLATIVE ACTION.

SUMMARY: This moratorium is to allow the Village of Gays Mills adequate time to study the possible impacts that frac sand mining operations and processing plants related to frac sand mining may have on the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the Village of Gays Mills. The ordinance creates the Municipal Code stating the Purpose, Definitions, Moratorium Imposed, Term, Action and Study During Moratorium, Severability Clause, and Penalty Provision.

AVAILABILITY: A copy of the full text of the ordinance may be obtained from:

Office of the Village Clerk

Community Commerce Center

Post Office Box 325

16381 State Highway 131

Gays Mills, Wisconsin

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• GLENWOOD CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS

September 4, 2012

Chris Schone questioned the council if a committee had been appointed to study the proposed frac sand mine and what had been done since asking the county for a three month delay in acting on Vista Sand’s request for a zoning exception. Schone was informed that no committee had been appointed and that the council was not taking any formal stance on the proposed frac sand mine. Town of Glenwood Chairman, Joe Draxler, commented that St. Croix County has some of the most stringent regulations regarding zoning exceptions, and they have not made a decision regarding Vista’s application. Draxler said it could be as late as January of 2013 before the Board of Adjustments acts.

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• TOWN OF ALBANY

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

The Town of Albany will hold a special meeting on October 8, 2012 at the Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. for Frac Sand Mining to adopt an ordinance for mine operations license.

Jeff Moore, who apparently hunts for fracking notices, is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter.

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