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New Albin man wants mining company to extract frac sand from property

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Frac sand is becoming a hot commodity since it's used in a process called hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," to extract natural gas in other parts of the country.

But the process of extracting frac sand has been known to stir up dust particles that can cause damage to the lungs.

Still, a New Albin man wants the frac sand extracted from his 11-acre property in Allamakee County.

"It sure is getting everybody stirred up," said property owner David Mitchell.

Mitchell won't say how much money he expects for selling the sand.

"I want stability for me and my family," he said.

A consulting company submitted an application to Allamakee County on behalf of Mitchell, requesting a conditional use permit to mine the sand for ten years.

"Their estimates are that it wouldn't take them that long to mine the sand out and haul it away. They're looking at three to five years for this site...under idea situations," said Zoning Administrator for Allamakee County Tom Blake.

Blake said Mitchell's application has been withdrawn after the County recommended a traffic impact study, archeological study, cultural study and environmental impact study be completed.

"We expect them to resubmit their application in the next three months," said Blake.

Blake said the consulting company indicated there are at least three other properties in the county with frac sand.

He said each property would be looked at "on its own merits because the impacts of each site and each operation would be different."

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