Minnesota frac sand companies to pay $80,000 penalty for pollution

January 7, 2014


Two Minnesota-based companies will pay $80,000 for polluting waterways.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a frac sand mining operation in Grantsburg, Wisconsin, is being penalized for “discharging sediment into Burnett County wetlands, a creek and the St. Croix River, which is part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.”

According to the report, Judge Kenneth Kutz signed a civil judgment on Thursday against Minnesota-based companies Interstate Energy Partners and Tiller Corp.

Interstate Energy Partners owns the facility and Tiller Corp. operates it.

The report notes that complaints have previously been filed about the operation’s dikes and berms, and that a neighbor reported the pollution to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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