sand mine

Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers

Northern White Sand terminated a lease with a LaSalle County barge loading facility along the Illinois River.

The company shuttered its Utica mine in March of last year and wanted to renegotiate the lease, citing a struggling business climate. However, the County held them to the original terms, which would have required a payment of at least $90,000. Board Member Tom Walsh says the effects on the County are limited. 

Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers

The LaSalle County Board voted 20-6 Monday to extend a moratorium on any new high-capacity wells in the area.  It effectively bans the creation of any new sand mining operations, which require large amounts of water.   

The moratorium was supposed to expire today, but the Ottawa Times reports board members want to wait for the results of a water study from the U.S. Geological Survey.  The group says the study is set to finish in late September.  

The moratorium remains in effect until the County Board's next meeting Nov. 3.  

LaSalle County Is Getting Another Sand Mine

Feb 7, 2014

The latest project was approved by the village of Utica. The decision could spur legal action from opponents.