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Allamakee County passes frac mining moratorium

WAUKON, Iowa (WXOW) - There will be no frac sand mining in Allamakee County.

The county passed an 18-month moratorium Monday morning.

Frac sand is becoming a hot commodity because it's being widely used in a process called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" to extract natural gas in other parts of the country.

In Allamakee County, a mining company wanted to set up shop on a farm about five miles south of New Albin.

Some people in the area are concerned about potential health problems, property values, local tourism and more.

Read the moratorium here.

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