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Dabelstein & Yoder Quarries
Dabelstein & Yoder Quarries
EAWs round two
Information on the EAWs
Here are the new Yoder and Dabelstein EAWs as prepared for publication, which Land Stewardship Project received from Winona County on Dec. 17:
Environmental Assessment Worksheets
Complete EAWs for both Dabelstein and Yoder quarries should be available for download on December 24, 2012 on the Winona County website.
Download just the opening portion of the EAW, which includes proposed mine plans, and performance standards.
>> Dabelstein Quarry EAW [39 pages]
>> Yoder Quarry EAW [40 pages]
Figures attached to the EAWs:
>> Figures Attached to the Dabelstein EAW
>> Figures Attached to the Yoder EAW
Maps and Diagrams Extracted From Above EAWs:
Coming soon
 
Send Your EAW Comments To:
Jason Gilman, Planning and Environmental Services Director
177 Main Street
Winona, Minnesota 55987
507-457-6337
jgilman@co.winona.mn.us
and
Eric Johnson, Zoning Administrator
ejohnson@co.winona.mn.us
News & Information
Nightmare Before Christmas: Winona County Gets Frac Sand Review Wrong (Again)
This fall, LSP uncovered serious errors in the process of environmental review that was being done on proposed frac sand mines in Minnesota's Winona County. Eventually, the county acknowledged that the problems we pointed out needed to be corrected, and started the environmental review process over in November. Unfortunately, the county's second attempt at environmental review still doesn't get it right—and worse yet, the new review documents are being made available to citizens on Christmas Eve…
Source: Land Stewardship Project. Johanna Rupprecht , December 19, 2012
 
MPCA: County Must Study EIS for Frac Sand Mines
The Winona County Board received data on Tuesday from the state that suggest the county may have to require several proposed frac sand mines and a processing and transportation plant to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS, unlike the Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAWs) currently being prepared for the projects, is a in-depth environmental review that could take a year to complete, delaying the proposed frac sand projects significantly…
Source: Winona Post, Sarah Squires, December 12, 2012
MPCA: County Must Study EIS for Frac Sand Mines
The Winona County Board received data on Tuesday from the state that suggest the county may have to require several proposed frac sand mines and a processing and transportation plant to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS, unlike the Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAWs) currently being prepared for the projects, is a in-depth environmental review that could take a year to complete, delaying the proposed frac sand projects significantly…
Source: Winona Post, Sarah Squires, December 12, 2012
St. Charles Parts with Police Chief; Hears from Anti-Silica Sand Group
here are 906 people on the petition wanting a chance for a public vote on whether they wanted a frac sand facility in the city of St. Charles,” said Travis Lange, a spokesperson for Concerned Citizens for St. Charles…
Source: Rochester Post Bulletin, Brian Todd, December 12, 2012
MPCA: County Must Study EIS for Frac Sand Mines
The Winona County Board received data on Tuesday from the state that suggest the county may have to require several proposed frac sand mines and a processing and transportation plant to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). An EIS, unlike the Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAWs) currently being prepared for the projects, is a in-depth environmental review that could take a year to complete, delaying the proposed frac sand projects significantly…
Source: Winona Post, Sarah Squires, December 12, 2012
County Bungled Frac Sand Environmental Studies
Two environmental studies for proposed sand mines in Saratoga Township must be re-released soon, after Winona County found it had several deficiencies in initial drafts that posed a liability for the county…
Source: Winona Post, Sarah Squires November 14, 2012
 
Winona County & Frac Sand: Letting the Fox Guard & Build) the Hen House
Both frac sand mines (Dabelstein and Yoder) are undergoing environmental review by Winona County. It appears that Winona County had the frac sand mine proposers prepare the Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAWs), and then rubber-stamped them, in violation of state guidelines on environmental review. When the EAWs submitted by the mine proposers were compared to the EAWs put out by the county, there were no significant differences. The final EAWs put out by the county contain the same misinformation and missing information as the drafts submitted by the mine proposers…
Source: Land Stewardship Project, Johanna Rupprecht November 6, 2012
 
Public Comment Sought on Two Frac Sand Mine EAWs
The first Environmental Assessment Worksheets (EAWs) to examine the potential effects of frac sand mines in Winona County have been released to the public. State leaders are now accepting citizen and state agency comments for one month, and then the documents will be voted on by the Winona County Board. The board will consider whether the environmental reviews are sufficient for the two proposed mines to move ahead, or whether more comprehensive analyses are necessary…
Source: Winona Post, Sarah Squires October 16, 2012
 
Breaking News
12/19/12
Nightmare Before Christmas: Winona County Gets Frac Sand Review Wrong (Again)
12/12/12
MPCA: County Must Study EIS for Frac Sand Mines
12/12/12
St. Charles Parts with Police Chief; Hears from Anti-Silica Sand Group
12/12/12
MPCA: County Must Study EIS for Frac Sand Mines
11/14/12
County Bungled Frac Sand Environmental Studies
11/6/12
Winona County & Frac Sand: Letting the Fox Guard & Build) the Hen House
10/17/12
Public Comment Sought on Two Frac Sand Mine EAWs
Send EAW Comments To:
Jason Gilman, Planning and Environmental Services Director
177 Main Street
Winona, Minnesota 55987
507-457-6337
jgilman@co.winona.mn.us
and
Eric Johnson, Zoning Administrator
ejohnson@co.winona.mn.us
What You Can Do to Help:
Start A Conversation
Talk to your families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers about industrial scale mining in Winona County. Share with them links to our website and encourage them to learn more about the dangers that industrial-scale mining pose to our area.
Contact Winona County Commissioners
Share with them your concerns about industrial scale frac sand mining
1ST DISTRICT
James G. Pomeroy
85 Rivers Lane
Winona, MN 55987
507-457-6350 (Government Center)
507-452-2267 (Home)
jimpomeroy@hbci.com
2ND DISTRICT
Wayne T. Valentine
218 Whitten St
Winona, MN 55987
507-457-6350 (Government Center)
507-454-2762 (Home)
wvalentine@co.winona.mn.us
3RD DISTRICT
Mena R. Kaehler
23913 Co. Rd 39
St Charles, MN 55972
507-457-6350 (Government Center)
507-932-3623 (Home)
mkaehler@co.winona.mn.us
4TH DISTRICT
Greg D. Olson
216 Grand Street
Winona, MN 55987
507-457-6350 (Government Center)
507-474-6270 (Home)
golson@hbci.com
5TH DISTRICT
Marcia Ward
30978 Four Farms Road
Dakota, MN 55925
507-457-6350 (Government Center)
507-643-6389 (Home)
rtasca@acegroup.cc
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