Meteor Timber, which needs a permit to fill 16.25 acres of wetlands to build a $75 million processing and loading facility, says it has new information on wetland restoration that could change the DNR's permit denial.
Hi-Crush Inc. last week announced the devaluation of its idled August and Whitehall mines by $109.7 and $105.7 million each. That’s in addition to a $131 million write-off for rail cars, terminals, and other assets.
Attorneys for OmniTRAX said last year the Colorado-based shipping company was abandoning the project because of market conditions, but neighbors refused to drop the case unless the company relinquished a permit to fill wetlands.
A collection of recent letters to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.
In a filing with the federal Securities Exchange Commission, CEO Robert Rasmus said the shift is a response to increased demand from gas and oil producers in the Northeast.
Until the DNR decides to set aside administrative law judge's ruling, groups opposed to frac sand mine don't have standing, judge rules.
Last year the DNR granted Meteor Timber permission to fill 16.25 acres of high-grade wetlands in order to build a processing and loading facility to handle frac sand.
A judge denied a motion by OmniTRAX Logistics Services to dismiss the 2016 case brought by three families who say the mine and processing plant between Black River Falls and Alma Center would create a nuisance.
New mines in Texas started operating this summer, offering cheaper sand to drillers in the Permian basin, which accounts for much of the nation’s oil production. At the same time, pipeline constrictions and depleted sand budgets have led to a slow-down in drilling.
DNR spokesman Jim Dick said the agency “has chosen not to pursue enforcement at this time due to the life saving measures taken that caused the event.”
Covia announced Thursday that it has halted operations in Shakopee, Minn., and three other Midwestern mines as well as slowed output at three other mines, including one in Menomonie, Wis.
Chief financial officer Laura Fulton said in a news release that the decision “was driven by recent temporary softness” in frac sand demand.
The value of proppant sand will exceed $4 billion this year and is expected to grow to nearly $6 billion over the next five years. That’s more than 4.5 times the market value for sand in 2016.
Republican Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chairwoman of the budget-writing committee, and Sen. Rob Cowles, chairman of the Senate’s Natural Resources Committee, both told The Associated Press the votes aren’t there to pass the bill exempting Meteor Timber from environmental regulations for its $70 million frac sand processing plan.
Experts say downturn is over, jobs returning.
The State Patrol will try to put the brakes on speeding by large trucks and other commercial vehicles, in an effort to reduce crashes on high-crash roads in Wisconsin.
Walker will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon, joining nearly the entire GOP field for 2016.
The state Department of Natural Resources will begin a strategic analysis of the impact of the sand mining industry in the state in response t…
Of the bills deemed "anti-conservation" by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters in the last legislative session, 75 percent were defeated.
State officials also worry the tight supply of rail cars could cause a repeat of last winter's propane shortages.
Residents are encouraged to sign the online petition if they're interested in having the DNR study the cumulative health, environmental impacts of the booming industry.
The company caught Wall Street's attention Monday when its stocks closed at nearly $123 a share.
Poverty plagues a Texas town despite the billions in revenue brought in by the oil and natural gas industries.