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35 arrested in frac sand protest in Winona

Frac Sand protesters in Winona on Monday April 29-Contributed Photo Frac Sand protesters in Winona on Monday April 29-Contributed Photo
Frac Sand protesters in Winona on Monday April 29-Contributed Photo Frac Sand protesters in Winona on Monday April 29-Contributed Photo
Frac Sand protesters in Winona on Monday April 29-Contributed Photo Frac Sand protesters in Winona on Monday April 29-Contributed Photo
Frac Sand protesters in Winona on Monday April 29-Contributed Photo Frac Sand protesters in Winona on Monday April 29-Contributed Photo
Frac Sand protesters in Winona on Monday April 29-Contributed Photo Frac Sand protesters in Winona on Monday April 29-Contributed Photo

WINONA, Minnesota (WXOW) -- Winona Police say 35 people were arrested in two protests against frac sand mining Monday morning in Winona.

The arrests followed a weekend rally against the practice 'frac' sand mining.

Protesters gathered at an intersection Monday and then walked to the commercial harbor and a sand processing plant on Winona's west end.

Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack said in a news release that 19 people were arrested at the CD Corp property at 978 Riverview Drive. Chief Bostrack states the protesters went onto the property and kept the business from operating some of its equipment.  After several warnings, the group were arrested on Trespassing charges.

At the other location, at 2100 Goodview Road, protesters kept trucks from entering the property by blocking the driveway entrance.  As with the other protest, following several warnings, 16 people were arrested and jailed on Trespassing charges.

Besides Winona Police, the Winona County Sheriff's Department, Goodview Police, and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted in the arrests.

Winona Catholic Workers organized the protest. Protesters say their goal was to halt business operations at each site.

Dan Nisbit, owner of CD Corp., which leases the commercial dock, says the protest created a distraction for workers and temporarily slowed operations at the facility.

Frac sand is used by oil and gas drilling companies. Opponents of frac sand mining have raised environmental concerns.

 

 

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