Frac sand mining from the sky in Wisconsin

Frac Sand

Frac sand is a high-purity quartz sand that is injected into wells to blast and hold open cracks in the shale rock layer during the fracking process. In the United States, frac sand is being mined intensively from sandstone deposits across large swaths of land in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan. 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.

FracTracker Articles

Frac sand mining from the sky in Wisconsin

Fracking in Dairy Country

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World Class Dunes and Great Lakes Barrens at Risk at Ludington

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By Dave Dister, Consulting Ecologist, Ludington, MI One of the…
Bird’s eye view of a sand mine in Wisconsin. Photo by Ted Auch 2013.

New Frac Sand Resources on FracTracker.org

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Frac Sand Photos Available on FracTracker.org

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Starved Rock State Park by Michelle McCray

How Frac Sand Mining is Altering an Economy Dependent on Starved Rock State Park, IL

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An Ottawa, IL resident’s letter to U.S. Silica regarding how…
Wisconsin oil and gas activity map

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