2015 - Statewide Victory

Chippewa County passes resolution to study frac sand mining impacts

Frac sand mining had been booming in Chippewa County, relatively unchecked, for years even though little is known about the industry’s long-term impacts on our natural resources, health, and economy.

Members of the Chippewa County Board challenged this “mine now, ask questions later” approach by proposing a resolution to request that the DNR conduct a scientific study on frac sand mining’s health, economic, and environmental impacts. Conservation voters in Chippewa County took immediate action, sending 340 messages to County Board members in just four days. The resolution passed on a 7-6 vote.