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St. Charles frac plant petition fails

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ST. CHARLES, Minn. (KTTC) -- What has been the center of discussion on the outskirts of St. Charles has come to a conclusion at Tuesday evening's City Council meeting.  On the agenda, the annexation of 300 acres on the eastern border of the city to turn into a proposed frac sand plant.

Minnesota Proppant, the frac sand company targeting the property was looking forward to the town annexing the lot so it could use it's utilities.  However, the plans changed dramatically. 

"Simply stated with me through conversation with me over the past several months, it has come to a head that the most responsible action for the city council to take at this time is to deny the petitions for the annexation," announced Mayor Bill Spitzer.

So the sand situation screeches to a standstill. However, Spitzer isn't ruling the idea out entirely.

"With the action that we take tonight though. We hope that the discussion does not end here. I still have many unanswered questions as many others do."

It's the unanswered questions that concerned Travis Lange.  "Having a plant of that size of so many unknown issues that close to our school district and that close to 3,700 of our citizens, just overall impact was very concerning," he said.

Lange, and the concerned citizens group rallied up 1,055 signatures opposing the facility and said with this ruling, the groups motives can change.  "Steer in a different avenue, slightly, and try to bring ideas in and try to work alongside the city for some issues or some ideas that we think could benefit our community."

The board ruled unanimously 5-0 to deny the annexation. 

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