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Goodhue County extends mining moratorium

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GOODHUE COUNTY, Minn. (KTTC) -- The frac sand debate rolls on as Goodhue County extends a moratorium on any mining.

The decision was made Monday evening before a packed house at the Goodhue County planning and zoning commission meeting in Red Wing.

Commissioner Rich Bauer says it will be extended for up to another year.

The purpose of the extension is to do more research on the impact silica sand mining would have on the entire county.

"I think we should adopt what we have now and then look further into these other things, we've got a lot of good input from the public and the townships, and there are other things I think we need to look at," Bernie Overby, with the Planning Advisory Commission, said.

"A recommendation that I would have is that we need to in this ordinance seperate the difference between high impact, medium impact, and low impact and have different rules," Dan Rechtzigel, with the Planning Advisory Commission, said.

The planning and zoning commission also decided to adopt improvements made to their original mining ordinance known as Article 14.

As part of Article 14, there could be a change in the mining tech panel.

That will need to be approved by the planning advisory board, the commissioners, or both.

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