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Frac Sand Mining

Follow the Sand to the Real Fracking Boom

James Stafford | Posted 01.25.2015 | Business
James Stafford

When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it's no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom.

Lynne Peeples

The Fracking Boom's Hidden Threat | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green

Victoria Trinko hasn't opened the windows of her Wisconsin home in two years -- for fear of the dust clouds billowing from a frac sand mine a half-mil...

Lynne Peeples

Flattening The Hilltoppers? Frac Sand Mine Proposed Near Wisconsin School | Lynne Peeples | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green

After winning just one game the previous year, the Glenwood City Hilltoppers football team reveled in taking home the Wisconsin Division 7 state champ...

Liability Bombshell: Must-Read Letters From PA and WI Fracking Victims to Illinois Lawmakers

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.28.2013 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the Illinois General Assembly votes this week on the state's increasingly suspect fracking bill, residents affected by similar operations in Pennsylvania and in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota took the extraordinary step of releasing letters warning of a "public health disaster" in the making.

Sand Land: Minnesota Mayor Also Working As Frac Sand Lobbyist Resigns

Steve Horn | Posted 04.27.2013 | Green
Steve Horn

Despite this reality and the enormous cradle-to-grave ecological costs and consequences of fracking, public officials have their "heads in the sand" - both literally and figuratively - with regards to the frac sand mining boom.

Lynne Peeples

Sand Stampede: Frac Sand Mining Outside Beloved State Park 'Makes People Question The Whole Deal' | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green

Susan and Merlin Calhoun's rural Illinois land is full of the same bluffs, canyons, waterfalls, bald eagles and barred owls that entice more than 2 mi...

Lynne Peeples

The Frac Sand County Almanac: Does Proliferation Of Mines Threaten Public Health? | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.11.2012 | Green

While flying back home to Wisconsin earlier this fall, Victoria Trinko had no trouble spotting her family farm from the sky. She simply looked for the...

Natural Gas Boom Spurs Midwest 'Frac Sand' Mining

AP | STEVE KARNOWSKI | Posted 03.06.2012 | Green

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — The rolling hills and scenic bluffs of western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota hide a valuable resource that has sp...