A proposal for a frac sand mine to be in operation for the next 40 years in Buffalo County is expected to face a vote from the county's Zoning Board of Adjustment today.
The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the Gilmanton American Legion Memorial Hall, W738 County Road B in Gilmanton.
The project, "Seven Sands," is a proposed 450-acre mine on 1,389 acres in the Town of Montana. Five to ten acres are planned to be mined at a time, then those acres would be reclaimed before mining activity moved to an adjacent site.
A wash plant has also been proposed at the site, which would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and about 190 trucks per day would depart from the site, loaded with sand.
Public comments will be heard during the meeting.
A committee studying potential effects of increased frac sand mines in the area, as well as regulations that might be enacted to curb negative effects, recently recommended that the current moratorium be extended for another six months. The recommendation is expected to be presented to the full Buffalo County Board prior to the current moratorium's expiration on October 31.