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Unknown Environmental Damage from Hi-Crush incident today

May 21, 2018 - 8:43pm
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Contaminated stream from holding pond breach at Hi-Crush Whitehall frac sand mining facility 5-21-2018

An incident at the Hi-Crush Frac Sand Facility in Whitehall today was widely covered in state news. A bulldozer and its operator fell into a pond at the site, and needed to be rescued by r. The buldozer driver was successfully rescued, but several firefighters were injured during the attempt. They were treated for their injuries and released.

What has not been widely covered are the after-effects of the rescue. Reports are coming in from citizens that the retention pond was breached as part of the rescue attempt, and the contaminated water from the pond has flowed through neighboring fields, into a stream, and from there to the Trempealeau River.  The discharge from the pond is alarmingly bright yellow and the contents are currently unknown. Some local citizens have taken samples from the flow and from the river for further analysis.

We will attempt to keep you informed on this ongoing story. Thanks to Pat Popple and the Frac Sand Sentinel for the initial story and photos, and to Tim Jacobson (Mysteries of the Driftless) for the video of the stream flow.

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