Michigan officials look to acquire dune mining property

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and a sand mining company say they're discussing a long-awaited plan for the state to acquire sand mine land at Ludington State Park. MLive ( http://bit.ly/2dVKv94 ) reports that the department completed the park's...

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and a sand mining company say they're discussing a long-awaited plan for the state to acquire sand mine land at Ludington State Park.

MLive (http://bit.ly/2dVKv94 ) reports that the department completed the park's general management plan in February outlining its hopes for acquiring the property owned by Sargent Sand Company. The department wants to build recreational facilities around a small inland lake created by mining operations that dredge sand from underwater.

The dune property has been mined for Lake Michigan sand since 2008.

The latest conversation comes at a critical time for Sargent, as eager oil frackers want its product if the company's owners decide to renew their five-year operating permit, which expires at the end of this year.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com

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