Minnesota Fracking Sand Ban Avoids Supreme Court Review

Jan. 11, 2021, 2:57 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court won’t consider a mining company’s effort to overturn a Minnesota county’s ordinance banning the mining of silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing in certain circumstances.

The justices Monday denied a petition for review filed by Minnesota Sands LLC challenging the state Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of Winona County.

The county banned mining sand for the process of hydraulic fracturing to reach oil and natural gas in 2016. However, it allowed mining the same sand for local construction uses.

A divided Minnesota Supreme Court found the county’s ban didn’t violate the U.S. Constitution’s commerce or takings ...

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