Friday, September 26, 2014

Report: Communities At Risk: Frac Sand Mining in the Upper Midwest

From page 5 of the report

Report: Frac sand industry impacting lives of thousands who live near mines. (Capital Times, 9/26/2014)

Frac sand rush.
Trinko has not opened the windows of her house since the fall of 2012.

“The billowing of silica sand has not abated since the mine was constructed in 2011. One truck passes down my road every three minutes or less,” she said. “My life has been negatively impacted by this industry. I am resisting the idea of moving. But a person’s life is priceless.” 

According to the report, there are thousands of others living in close proximity to sand mines and processing centers, with little to no oversight by the government to monitor the impacts of the industry on the water supply or the air quality. 

Communities At Risk: Frac Sand Mining in the Upper Midwest:  Table of Contents 
Executive Summary
Section 1. Introduction to Frac Sand Mining
Section 2. Description of Frac Sand Operations
Section 3. Number and Location of Frac Sand Facilities in Wisconsin and Minnesota
Section 4. Impacts of Frac Sand Operations on Communities
Section 5.  Externalities - Human Health and Environmental Costs
  • Water Impact  
  • Air Quality Impacts 
  • Economic Impacts 
Section 6. Recommendations
Appendix I: Local and State Authority Over Frac Sand Operations
Appendix II: Local Economic Analyses to Conduct Prior to Frac Sand Operation Approvals
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