Rochester Post Bulletin: Houston County, railroad tangle over expansion request

9.25.15 CALEDONIA — A Houston County commissioner is upset over Canadian Pacific's decision to flex its federally approved muscles last month in order to bypass local concerns for a railroad expansion project.

Key information at end of article points to the concern about expanded rail plans that could transport frac sand:

CommissionerZmyewski's ceremonially push to block CP's project failed by a 3-2 vote, but the concerns highlight the county's concern about silica-related activity. A local opposition group has proposed an amendment that would ban all frac-related activities in Houston County, while another opposition group filed ethics complaints against the Planning Commission chairman who will lead next week's discussion on the proposed amendment.

The county board opted not to take action on the complaints at Tuesday's meeting, paving the way for Dan Griffin to lead the discussion that's slated for 7 p.m. Tuesday. More than 100 people are expected to attend.

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