We will quarry Industrial Silica Sand, which is a high-purity quartz sand with extremely durable and very round, uniform grains and will operate year-round with a world-class, totally enclosed processing plant (as illustrated above). Sand will be quarried, brought to the plant for washing, drying, and screening into various sizes and then transported to market. No water will be discharged into settling ponds, but instead will be recycled in a closed loop system. Dust collection will occur in the buildings housing the equipment used to process the sand.
It is anticipated that quarrying activities will occupy approximately 5 hectares per year. A rolling restoration program will reclaim the property mined the year before. Restoration efforts will be overseen by an Operational Oversight Committee made up of community members. The operation will continue to provide jobs for more than 50 years.
This silica sand deposit sits on top of granite bedrock, more than 10 meters above the level of Lake Winnipeg. There will be no impact on local sand beaches, the local water table, or community wells.
Wanipigow Sand will construct a 6-km paved access road and will pave the Hollow Water Road to HWY 304 where the pavement begins. Discussions are underway to fund highway improvements on HWY 304 to HWY 59. It is anticipated that when in operation 4 trucks per hour will transport sand to Winnipeg where a transload facility will load the sand into rail cars. Our bottom dump trucks will be tarped and completely enclosed.