EOG Resources proposes another mining site
Posted: August 12, 2011
Houston,TX-based EOG Resources announced late last week that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a 234-acre parcel in the Chippewa County Town of Cooks Valley for a new sand mine. It marks the seventh proposed or active sand mine in Chippewa County.
The company currently has a $50 million processing plant under construction on a 100-acre parcel in the northeast corner of the City of Chippewa Falls and has received approval to extract up to 600,000 pounds of raw material annually in the Town of Howard.
The newly-proposed mining site, which is owned by Dennis Schindler, is located at 14694 20th St., northwest of the Chippewa Falls city limits. Unlike the Town of Howard operation, the company does not yet have a developer's agreement in place with the Town of Cooks Valley, which has two other sand mine sites within its boundaries.
Chippewa Sand Co. has been approved to extract material from a 176-acre site along County Trunk Highway A and Preferred Sand has received permit approval to operate a mine at 4621 186th Street. Preferred Sand currently hauls up to 150 truckloads daily to its processing plant in Woodbury,MN.
Officials with EOG Resources were unable to confirm the plans for the new mining site, which indicate that the company plans to remove as much as two million tons of material annually forup to 15 years. However, a company spokesperson told TBL that EOG plans to begin work on the new site yet this year.
"We expect to begin mining at this site this year. The amount of material that the company will annually remove from the mine depends on a number of factors, including the future price of oil, EOG's future drilling program and the resultant sand requirements," said EOG Spokesperson K Leonard, who added that it is too early to know how many jobs will be created at its mining operations in Chippewa County. TBL