At least 40 arrested during frac sand protest in Winona
At least 40 people have been arrested in Winona during a protest of frac sand mining.
WINONA — At least 40 people have been arrested in Winona during a protest of frac sand mining.
Protesters gathered at an intersection Monday and then walked to the commercial harbor and a sand processing plant on Winona's west end.
Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack tells the Winona Daily News (http://bit.ly/14IqP0C) that about 20 people were arrested at each site after being warned they were trespassing on private property.
Winona Catholic Workers organized the protest. Protesters say their goal was to halt business operations at each site.
Dan Nisbit, owner of CD Corp., which leases the commercial dock, says the protest created a distraction for workers and temporarily slowed operations at the facility.
Frac sand is used by oil and gas drilling companies. Opponents of frac sand mining have raised environmental concerns.