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Frac sand facility has sights set on Wabasha


WABASHA, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Canadian frac sand operation, Superior Sand Systems Inc., is looking to build a new site in Wabasha. It won't be processing silica sand but it could increase trucking traffic over the Mississippi Bridge by 200 trucks a day.

It's not just 200 trucks, it's 200 trucks from Wisconsin and back making it 400 total trips.

But will the plan go through?

Superior Sand Systems Inc. submitted a conditional use permit application on September 5.  When the plan reached the city's planning department it was temporarily refused because it was considered incomplete, or more information needed to be provided which it now has.

The site of this possible facility is on the south side of the railroad tracks on the west end of town off of Gambia Avenue.  It's currently owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, which has used the site for dumping dredged sand from the Mississippi River.

Wabasha Mayor, Rollin Hall, has called a special City Council meeting for October 16 to review the plan.  Some of the big questions expected to be discussed include: How to handle the traffic in and out of the facility? What changes will the Canadian Pacific railroad have to undergo, and will the property be bought or leased by the Corps?

The discussion will not be going away anytime soon.

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