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Digging Deeper on Frac Sand Mining Industry Presents Water, Tourism Issues in NE Iowa!

January 2014. Authors: Aaron Kline and David Oesterberg.

Introduction

The frac sand mining industry swept through Wisconsin like a wildfire starting in 2009. An offshoot of the hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" industry, this mining produces sand that is used to prop open fractures in rock formations permitting the release of oil and gas.

Rapid growth of fracking - and thus frac sand mining - has sparked environmental, economic and aesthetic concerns. Some communities now question the long-term benefits of frac sand mining in their regions.

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