'Everything changed' with news of silica sand mine

Rochester Post Bulletin - By John Weiss, Dec, 30, 2015   RUSHFORD — Dr. Bryan and Susan Van Gorp had it all figured out: They found land in Ferndale Valley east of Rushford where they could relax, enjoy the quiet, hunt, fish, walk, see the bluffs.  What they didn't figure on was neighbor Tracie Erickson announcing about four years ago that he wanted to turn a long-unused gravel pit into a large mine to extract silica sand to be used in fracking for oil and natural gas, probably in North Dakota. 

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