Osceola High School students presented a petition to Osceola Village Board members last week on behalf of area residents concerned about silica sand mining in Farmington.

The signatures represent opposition to silica sand mining at the North 40 Resources (formerly Rybak) mine in Farmington.

“We believe frac sand mining to be in conflict with existing land use in this community,” the petition reads. “We believe it poses unnecessary risks to the local environment and to the health and welfare of citizens.”

The students are members of a two-year-old student led environmental club. The group’s mission is to work with local businesses and organizations to protect the St. Croix River and its inhabitants. 

The group gathered 80 signatures from people in the village and town of Osceola, 74 from Farmington and 13 from other municipalities. 

The group also presented the petition to the Farmington Town Board July 1. 

Osceola’s village board did not discuss the mine at its July 9 meeting. Although the mine is not in the village’s jurisdiction, in June village residents who live near the mine asked the board to use its influence to attempt to prevent further expansion. 

It remains unclear when or whether the board plans to discuss the issue. Interim Village Administrator Frank Pascarella said he was not aware of the topic becoming an agenda item at this time. Village President Jeromy Buberl did not immediately respond to the Sun’s inquiry about whether the board planned to discuss it.

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