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Documenting Fracking Impacts: A Yearlong Tour from a Bird’s-Eye-View

“The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.” by French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry author of Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) I always tell people that you can’t really understand or appreciate the enormity, heterogeneity, and complexity of the unconventional oil and gas industry’s impact unless you look […]

Bird’s eye view of a sand mine in Wisconsin. Photo by Ted Auch 2013.

7 Sand Mining Communities, 3 States, 5 Months – Part 1

An Exploration of Sand Mining Impacts: Lasalle County, IL by way of Chicago’s South Side By Ted Auch, Great Lakes Program Coordinator When it comes to high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF), frac sand mining may be the most neglected aspect of the industry’s footprint. (HVHF demand on a per-well basis is increasing by 8% per year.) To capture how this […]

Frac Sands Mines and Related Facilities

Northern American Frac Sand Mines Pattern, Process, Quality, Quantity, and US Frac Sands By Ted Auch, OH Program Coordinator, FracTracker Alliance; Daniel Berghoff, The Ohio State University; Elliott Kurtz, Intern, FracTracker Alliance Part I, Frac Sands Locations and Silica Geology Map Description Click on the arrows in the upper right hand corner of the map […]