During the 2013 legislative session, several laws were passed to address the potential environmental and health concerns related to silica sand mining and facilities. As a result, the DNR is directed to:
- Establish a Trout Stream Setback Permit
- Develop rules for reclaiming silica sand mines and facilities.
- Frequently asked questions about Industrial Silica Sand
- Geologic Society of America - Critical issue paper on hydraulic fracturing
Several Minnesota state agencies are involved in implementing the 2013 legislation regarding silica sand mining, processing and transportation in Minnesota. An interagency website has been developed to help track progress across all agencies. For more information, visit http://silicasand.mn.gov/.
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