Friday, June 22nd

BLACK RIVER FALLS -- Residents and local officials expressed concerns Wednesday about the environmental, social and economic impacts of a proposed Jackson County frac sand operation that is the subject of a legal challenge.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is considering a Colorado company's request to fill about 4 acres of hardwood swamp in order to build nearly 10 miles of railroad track in two towns along the banks of Halls Creek, a class II trout stream.

OmniTRAX Logistics says it will use the terminal to fill more than 80 rail cars per day with sand from a nearby mine. Sand will be processed near the mine and brought to the rail terminal by a nearly 2-mile long conveyor that will pass under two public roads.