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Buffalo County eyes extending sand moratorium to 2014

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Buffalo County (WQOW) - There's a new recommendation to extend a sand mining moratorium into 2014.  

The Buffalo County Health Department has spent time studying frac sand in the midst of a moratorium which ends in October. On Tuesday night the county's health officer will make a recommendation to have the moratorium extended until March 2014.

An air quality study started this month and according to the health officer, three companies are participating: EOG, Mathy Construction and Fairmount Minerals. She says the results of the study are not expected to be available until 2014, which is why she's recommending the moratorium be extended.  

"The timeframe for the moratorium should be based on the length of time it will take to prove that industrial sand mining is safe," says Jen Rombalski, Buffalo County's health officer.

On Tuesday night a county committee could take action on that recommendation.

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