Buffalo County (WQOW) - A dispute over frac sand includes a debate about how many residents actually support it.
Glacier Sands recently withdrew an application -- for now -- for a rail loadout facility in Buffalo County. The company believes the process has been tainted by misinformation. It says it has spoken with many residents who support the project, but feel threatened to speak out in support.
Thursday, WQOW News 18 heard from citizens who claim Glacier does not have the public's support. A majority of property owners adjacent to the land in question presented a petition to the county board opposed to the project. That meant 75% of the board had to be in favor for the project to move forward.
Buffalo County (WQOW) - A frac sand company has withdrawn its application for a rail load out facility in Buffalo County. A letter from the attorney representing Glacier Sands was sent to the Buffalo County Board chair on Tuesday.
In that letter, the company says it believes misinformation provided by some citizens has tainted the local process, which is why Glacier Sands is withdrawing its application.
Eau Claire's Own News 18 asked for specifics from the company. Their attorney says one example is the idea that residents in the Town of Milton do not support the project. Glacier Sands says it has spoken with many residents who are supportive, but feel threatened to speak out in support. The company says it will re-engage the Town of Milton and the Cochrane-Fountain City School District to address concerns before re-initiating the rezoning process.
Letter from Glacier Sands to Buffalo County
Dear Mr. Twidt and Ms. Lindstrom:
This firm, together with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, represents Glacier Sands, LLC ("Glacier") with respect to non-metallic mining matters in Buffalo County. Glacier, together with the underlying landowners, previously submitted an Application for a Land Use Rezone/Change in District Boundaries ("Application") for certain property in Buffalo County. This letter serves to withdraw the Application at this time.
This withdrawal of the Application should not be considered a withdrawal of Glacier's intent to develop this site as a rail load out facility for industrial sand and agricultural products. To the contrary, Glacier is committed to developing a first-class facility that is complementary and compatible with the community at this site.
Glacier firmly believes that misinformation provided by certain citizens who oppose Glacier's proposal has unfortunately tainted the local process requiring the withdrawal of this Application at this time. As such, Glacier will re-engage the Town of Milton and the Cochrane-Fountain City School District to readdress community issues and will then reinitiate the rezone process. Glacier understands it is not compelled to withdraw the Application in order to reinitiate the process at a later date, but Glacier believes this voluntary act will benefit the County and its citizens.
We look forward to continuing our development of responsible industry in Buffalo County.
Brian M. Nodolf, Spangler Flory, LLP