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With frac sand boom in full swing, study to guide mine reclamation


Mining companies, Chippewa County and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls are teaming up on a $232,000, five-year study probing how the vast tracts of Wisconsin used for nonmetallic mining — including for frac sand — can best be reclaimed.

Wisconsin’s booming grape crop at risk from herbicide drift


Grape farmers in Wisconsin are facing a growing threat, and in many cases it is coming from their own neighbors. Herbicides that are used to kill weeds in crops such as corn and soybeans can be deadly to other plants, including grapes. Food or wine grape vines exposed to the chemicals may shrivel up, turn colors and grow strange, elongated new leaves.

Conference draws 50 frac sand protesters


More than 50 people gathered Monday to protest frac sand mining outside a conference on the silica sand resources of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Concerns about the health, safety, and environmental impacts of the sudden boom in new industrial sand mining facilities are shared by many across the Upper Midwest.

Wasted Places: Brownfields stories from our collaborators


Wasted Places is a collaborative investigation by six nonprofit newsrooms into federal and state programs designed to cleanup and redevelop polluted tracts known as brownfields.The project was coordinated by the Investigative News Network, and reported and written by the Connecticut Health Investigative Team, City Limits, Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and INN.

Wisconsin frac sand sites double


Frac sand fever has hit much of west-central Wisconsin, catching residents and local governments by surprise when demand for sand suddenly soared and permit applications began to pour in. The number of Wisconsin frac sand mining operations has more than doubled in the past year.

Map: Frac sand mining in Wisconsin, October, 2012


Mining and processing operations double from 2011 to 2012

Wisconsin’s Sand Rush
2011 Mine sites map
View the frac sand mining and processing operations that were under construction last year. Click the image below to open a larger version.

Five years ago, Wisconsin only had a handful of industrial sand facilities. Over the past two years, the increased demand [...]

Sidebar: How a sand mine dealt with its Karner blues


What one frac-sand mining company is doing to help protect Wisconsin’s endangered Karner blue butterfly.

Are frac sand miners failing to check for rare butterfly?


There’s a new wrinkle in Wisconsin’s fast-growing frac sand mining: It turns out that an endangered butterfly, the Karner blue, lives in the same region. And some companies may be failing to check for the butterfly as they move ahead with mining operations.

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