The City of Red Wing Advisory Planning Commission and Red Wing Sustainability Commission will conduct a Public Open House and Public Hearing in the City Council Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The Purpose of the Open House and Public Hearing is to present a Draft Report concerning Silica Sand Mining, processing, and other operations related to the City's current moratorium. The Open House will be conducted from 6 to 7 PM at City Hall. The Public Hearing will start at 7 PM and is an opportunity for the public to provide feedback and comment on the Draft Report.
The Draft Report provides a summary of background information about the growing industry related to mining, processing, and transporting silica sand that is used in the hydrofracking process involved in the petroleum and natural gas extraction industry. The Draft Report includes sections that describe the potential environmental impacts of these operations; explains where silica sand used for fracking can be found in the Red Wing area; shows how the City's Comprehensive Plan shapes the policies related to mining and processing operations; and includes a description of the existing regulatory framework that is currently in place locally and at the State and Federal level. The report is concluded with a section that describes alternative regulatory approaches that Red Wing could pursue. The two commissions will complete the recommendation section of the report after obtaining feedback from the public at the June 26th public meeting.
Copies of the Draft Report can be obtained by going to the City Web Site, at: http://www.red-wing.org/silicasandmining.html or by contacting the Red Wing Planning Department at City Hall, 315 West Fourth Street, Red Wing, MN 55066.