Residents concerned about the project proposed by Summit Proppants to mine sand for fracking purposes can contact the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during a period for comments.
The legal notice placed by Summit Proppants in the Ste. Genevieve Herald beginning with the March 20 edition and continuing through April 10 includes details about the comment period.
Summit Proppants has applied for a permit from DNR’s Land Reclamation Commission to mine 80 acres of land in the western part of Ste. Genevieve County near Trogdan Road and Colony Church Road.
By state law, the Land Reclamation Commission can grant a hearing if someone’s health, safety or livelihood will be affected by quarry operations.
Comments or a request of hearing or public meeting can be made in writing by sending correspondence to Director, Land Reclamation Program, Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176. The comment period ends 15 days after the final publication of the notice.
Mark Winterheimer of Summit Proppants spoke by phone with the Ste. Genevieve County Commission last Thursday to notify them of the announcement in the Herald.
Winterheimer said those who might be interested in how the quarry’s presence would affect the area could look at the facility just off Interstate 55 in Brewer. He said that quarry was protected by berms so the street view was not unsightly.
Winterheimer said the company also might try to obtain some data from the County Assessor’s Office in regard to the change in property values before and after quarry operations.