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$100 million frac sand project gets a boost from annexation vote

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Whitehall (WQOW) - A $100 million project is another step closer to becoming a reality.  Last night, the city of Whitehall annexed land to be used by Hi Crush, which is a frac sand company.  Independence did the same a week ago.  Hi Crush says the project would be similar in scope to its current facility in Augusta. 

Hi Crush says it would hire 60 to 65 full time employees starting at, at least $15 an hour. 

Trempealeau County does have a frac sand moratorium in place.  The annexation allows the company to get around the moratorium but it still faces hurdles in both communities. 

The mining reserves are in Whitehall so the reclamation plan would have to be approved there.  A conditional use permit for the rail spur and dry plant would have to get the green light in independence. 

Hi Crush says it would like to start construction this fall.  Mining wouldn't begin until next year, at the earliest.  

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