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Court battle over Eau Claire County frac-sand mine

AUGUSTA, WI (WTAQ) - A frac-sand mine has turned into a legal landmine in Eau Claire County.  

WQOW-TV said it all started last month, when the state DNR started getting dust complaints from residents.  

The dust came from a 200,000 ton silica sand pile near Augusta that had not moved in a while. The DNR told the mine's operator -- Five-Star Properties of La Crosse -- to explain what was going on. And the company responded by saying it was a victim of fraud.  

According to the TV station, Five-Star was to deliver the sand to a plant in Oklahoma run by Cardinal Glass Industries. However, Five-Star said it never received $4.2 million that Cardinal Glass was supposed to give them.  

The report said the glass company paid the money, but a man who was reportedly acting as the glass firm's representative apparently kept it.  

WQOW said the man is now being sued by both Cardinal Glass and Five-Star. Meanwhile, Five-Star says it's working with the glass firm on moving the sand that's been bothering local residents to a rail loading site.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)