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Join us in our fight to protect Ste. Genevieve County and stop NexGen Silica from building a silica sand mine in this special area.


Operation Sand is a group of individuals dedicated to protecting Ste. Genevieve county from the adverse impacts of silica sand mining near occupied residences and natural resources. 



Though there are many concerns with silica sand mining. There are two major issues we are focusing on, the crystalline silica dust particles that are disbursed during the mining process and the dangerous chemicals that are used for silica sand processing. 


Our attorney has been hard at work educating our community and elected officials of the detrimental effects of silica mining and what we can do to protect our community. All donations go directly to our legal fees as our fight continues. 

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We can't do this without you!

We need everyone to contact local and sate officials, spread information to neighbors and friends, and attend meetings regarding the proposed silica sand mine in Weingarten. 


A Not for Profit group dedicated to supporting and preserving Hawn State Park

Missouri’s independent, citizens’ environmental organization for clean water, clean air, clean energy, and a healthy environment

St. Louis Post Dispatch Articles 


Proposed silica mine in Ste. Genevieve County draws opposition

Operation Sand members made waves regarding the proposed silica mine in Ste Genevieve County and make the front page of St. Louis Post Dispatch. 


Opponents of silica sand mine grill company, state officials at Ste. Genevieve public forum

Opponents of a proposed silica sand mine questioned project investors during a public forum

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