This video includes multiple views of sand-mining operations.
Sand turns a rural county upside-down. (Marketplace, 1/15/2015)
Malone had seen plenty of sand mines. Mostly small and temporary – gravel pits – supplying local construction projects.
But when she looked at the permit application for this mine, it was different. Most were a few pages long. This one was a few inches thick.
In the next three years, the county approved 27 more permits like it.
We go past that first site and many others: Giant silos, processing plants and huge piles of sand. All on land that used to be rolling hills, covered with trees.
Check out the aerial view starting at 1:10.
Other mining posts:
A new day's dawning for Wisconsin's frac sand operators. (1/10/2015)
Trempealeau County officials hope for greatly expanded use of sand bunkers. (1/3/2015)
What Do Chieftain Sand and Source Energy Have in Common? (12/24/2014)
Tom "Terrific-for-the-Frac-Sand-Mining-Industry" Tiffany. (12/19/2014)
Trempealeau County Residents Wonder If Their Drinking Water is Contaminated. (10/16/2014)
2010: Scott Walker pledges to get government out of the way. (9/30/2014)
More hills posed to go away. (9/27/2014)
A personal account of the impact of frac sand mining. (9/26/2014)
Report: Communities At Risk: Frac Sand Mining in the Upper Midwest. (9/26/2014)
Makes you wonder: Do campaign contributions pay for a license to pollute? (9/15/2014)
Maybe it has something to do with the hardhat. (8/9/2014)
In other words, Kevin, people don't want to live near a frac sand mining operation. (8/7/2014)
UPDATED: Scott Walker continues his "Thank You for Your Contributions" tour. (8/3/2014)
What a mere $8,000 will buy you in the Scott Walker House of Favors, (3/30/2014)
Frac sand mining and property values: Homeowners vs. landowners. (3/30/2014)
Nevertheless, transparency would have been in the general pubic's best interest. (3/15/2014)
Wisconsin Towns Association has second thoughts about that "gentler" frac sand mining regulation bill. (3/4/014)
Scott Walker likely to support Tom Tiffany's new mining bill. (2/27/2014)
The vision of Trempealeau County as one big mining operation -- nipped in the bud. (2/20/2014)
Glenwood City Council members defeat their recall challengers by a hair. (12/18/2013)
Wyoming's Republican Governor has a message for Wisconsin mining industry's "Tom Terrific". (11/24/2013)
The mining industry's "Tom Terrific" gets pushback from his Republican colleagues. (11/18/2013)
In so many words: Dear Sen. Tiffany, Your bill sucks, Sincerely, Pepin County Board. (11/13/2013)
Follow the Gogebic money. (11/7/2013)
Sand mine industry leaders put our minds at ease. (11/5/2013)
Scott Walker donor promises jobs, permanence for Independence and Whitehall residents. (10/29/2013)
Sen. Tom Tiffany's sand mine bill a hot potato. (10/28/2013)
Another Walker campaign donor for SB349. (10/25/2013)
Expensive to the Tune of $430,505.49 (as of June 30, 2013). (10/25/2013)
The Nipper Chronicles: The frac sand mining masters speak. (10/18/2013)
Things aren't so tranquil in Glenwood City Wisconsin lately (10/10/2013)