Frac sand mining from the sky in Wisconsin

Frac Sand Mining

Intensive sand mining is occurring across large swaths of land in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan because the sand produced there is needed for hydraulic fracturing, a component of oil and gas extraction. With the sand, however, comes a number of air, water, public health concerns. These include but are not limited to:

  • Displacing agricultural lands and ecologically sensitive ecosystems,
  • Damaging surface water, like streams, and
  • Introducing silica sand into the air, which is a human health hazard.

Additionally, community tensions and distrust often follow such a major industrial expansion. Learn more about these issues and more below.

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