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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 [...]

Sand mining surges in Wisconsin

This western Wisconsin community is in the midst of a land rush — call it a sand rush — fueled by exploding nationwide demand for fine silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas. At least 16 frac sand mines and processing facilities are operating, and an additional 25 sites are proposed, in a diagonal swath stretching across 15 Wisconsin counties from Burnett to Columbia, the Center has found.

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