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Published September 07, 2011, 02:10 PM

Oil company disappointed in frac sand mining ban

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — An oil exploration company that wants to mine a special kind of sand in southeastern Minnesota is expressing disappointment in a vote by the Goodhue County Board for a one-year moratorium while it studies the potential impacts.

RED WING, Minn. (AP) — An oil exploration company that wants to mine a special kind of sand in southeastern Minnesota is expressing disappointment in a vote by the Goodhue County Board for a one-year moratorium while it studies the potential impacts.

Goodhue County Commissioner Jim Bryant says the moratorium approved Tuesday will give officials time to determine how to proceed.

Several places in Minnesota and Wisconsin have deposits of "frac" sand prized by the energy industry, which uses it to extract oil and gas from underground rock in a process called hydraulic fracturing.

Last year Windsor Energy Resources Inc. of Oklahoma City paid $2.6 million for 155 acres near Red Wing in hopes of mining sand there.

Chip Krohn, a geologist with the company, says Goodhue County's existing regulations are more than sufficient.

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