Smart Sand to build rail terminal in Wisconsin

Texas based Smart Sand plans a $10 million rail loading terminal near Tomah, Wisc, to ship frac sand to new markets, the Washington Times reports.

home_railsPlans call for nearly 7 miles of looped track to accommodate four trains, each more than 1.5 miles in length.

The terminal would handle sand from the company’s 1,118-acre mine in Oakdale, which sits along Canadian Pacific tracks that would provide a connection to North Dakota oil wells. The company says the new terminal would open up access to Union Pacific lines, creating a connection to customers in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado.

“Having the option to ship direct to customers, on multiple rail lines, from one facility would provide a significant cost savings,” the company said in its permit application.

The terminal would sit on 85 acres of what is now farmland, although the company has asked state and federal officials for permission to fill about 2.5 acres of wetlands. The state Department of Natural Resources has given its tentative OK for a wetlands permit but the company still needs US Army Corp of Engineers approval.

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