Vinehout faces uphill battle on sand mines

Imagine if you owned a home on some land in the beautiful coulee country of southwestern Wisconsin only to learn that a frac sand mine is planned for property adjacent to yours.

Likely, a huge mining operation will be your new neighbor. Your property value is going to plummet, to say nothing of your quality of life. Current state law basically says, “Tough luck, buddy.”

State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout lives in Alma, in the heart of frac sand country. She hears a constant stream of concerns about the impacts of frac sand mining on communities and people in her district. Vinehout has proposed a modest set of bills addressing these concerns. She’s hoping to get a hearing on the bills.

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