Tiller Corporation sand fracking plant almost finished

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The Tiller Corporation sand fracking plant on County Road 30 between North Branch and Harris now has all the proper permits, and will be fully operational in a matter of days.

Mike Caron, director of land use affairs for Tiller Corp., said last week the plant received an air quality permit from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency the first week of January, which was required before Tiller could legally operate the plant.

Tiller had constructed most of the facility before acquiring the permit, which led to a disciplinary action by the MPCA.

To resolve the violations, the company agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5,000 and perform a Supplementary Environmental Project valued at not less than $14,800. The SEP consists of air monitoring for particulate matter at the site for a period of two years.

Caron said Thursday nearly all of the construction at the facility is complete, and Tiller will be testing its equipment to ensure it’s working property before the plant can operate at a level that meets market demand.

He said the plant should be fully operational in 10 days to two weeks.

At the Chisago County Board of Commissioners meeting Feb. 20, commissioner Mike Robinson raised concerns about how the truck traffic going in and out of the sand fracking plant could affect county roads.

“It will wreck the roads, we know that,” he said.

Chisago County Engineer Joe Triplett agreed with that assertion.

“(The trucks) will use the life out of the road a lot faster than a regular car,” he said.

Triplett noted, depending upon how the roads hold up with the extra traffic, the county might have to think about implementing an accelerated road maintenance schedule.


  • Carmella Boyce

    It’s unfortunate that the community frowns upon the usage of the highways by trucks. What isn’t explained is that each truck, whether corporate owned or privately owned, pays each July a road usage tax besides all the other licensing fees just to have the privilege to work.

    • troy

      fee’s are paid to ther state this do not mean it goes to the roads there on! it pays for the whole state!

  • http://www.mackinac.org/8433 Anonymous

    On average, a typical tractor-trailer truck pays $13,889 per year in truck highway taxes. A hypothetical auto owner driving 20,000 miles per year at 25 mpg, and paying $100 in registration fees, ends up paying about $397 per year. So on average, a tractor-trailer truck will pay about 35 times more than a typical auto would pay.

  • T.J. Anderson

    Mike Robinson has been against it from the start. My assumption is no monetary exchanges occurred towards him to be interested in helping it get going. Mike is very “wishy washy”. My hope is he is in his last elected commissioner appointment and his replacement will be pro business. He needs to go, and bad.

    • troy

      so if this was going up within a 1/2 mile from you’r house you would be ok letting you’r childern drink the water and play outside in a park allmost down the street from it?

  • troy

    so nobody cares about the well’s in that area or the parks just down the road? what about the houses that are right across hwy61? or just down the road from them?