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NE Iowa group discusses frac sand mining

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Frac sand mining is a hot button issue in northeast Iowa.  It was the topic of discussion Sunday at the E.B. Lyons Interpretive Center in Dubuque.

Frac sand mining is a process that extracts natural gas and crude oil from some rock formations. Groups in Allamakee County and Crawford County, Wisconsin have formed to oppose companies using the land in those areas for that purpose.

Sunday, members of the Allamakee County Protectors welcomed people to a meeting to discuss the process and efforts to stop the practice in their county. Those who attended the meeting watched a video about the blufftop mining of sand in the driftless area of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa.

After the video, the group discussed the consequences, how fracking may affect the land and how to stop it.

Don Zoll is a member of the Allamakee County Protectors. He led Sunday's discussion about the topic.

"There is not a lot of control in place to monitor and supervise this type of an operation. What we were trying to do in Allamakee County was to get our Board of Supervisors on board with us and put together a set of rules to monitor and control this," Zoll said Sunday.

Zoll said Sunday the Allamakee County Protectors are currently working with planning and zoning officials in Allamakee County to complete a final draft of a frac sand mining regulation. He said a moratorium on frac mining in Allamakee County expires this summer.

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