WCIJ full response to Wisconsin DNR’s comments on lead-in-water testing story

On Dec. 7, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism received an email from DNR spokesman Jim Dick demanding corrections to our story: “Wisconsin DNR fails to update lead testing guidance in wake of Flint crisis.” Here is a copy of the email, as well as our point-by-point response to the demand for corrections. We stand by our story and have not identified anything that needs correcting.

Future of frac sand unclear

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Frac sand boom creates thousands of jobs
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2012 Frac Sand Facilities in Wisconsin

What will the sand mining industry look like in Wisconsin in 30 years? Some of the small sites will be completely mined and reclaimed in a few years, according to permit applications, while most of the larger facilities with processing plants estimate they have 15 to 25 years of sand reserves. The demand for Wisconsin’s sand directly follows the demand for oil and natural gas, according to Thomas Dolley, a mineral commodity specialist with the U.S. Geological Survey. “I’ve heard rumors that things are flattening out a bit, but I don’t think it (hydraulic fracturing) is going away anytime soon,” Dolley said. In Wisconsin, many industry experts believe that the state is nearing the peak of new mine development and that established, corporate mining companies will soon out-compete the smaller operations.