Frack sand mining. I’ve blogged about it before. Few people know about frack sand mining and the impacts it has on our water, air, land and health.
- When you think about the water used for fracking, double that to include the water used to wash the frack sand.
- When you think about the impacts to our air from mining shale oil & gas add silica sand to those impacts.
- When you think about the mass they are injecting into our earth for just one frack job–millions of gallons of water, 80+ tons of chemicals–add 2500+ tons of frack sand to that.
- When you think about the trucks needed for just one frack job, add to that trains, barges and trucks of frack sand.
A new report on frack sand mining:
Sand Land: Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin – Video Report by DeSmogBlog
The frack sand that is not mined in the US and shipped by rail is imported from China. How energy efficient is that?
We need to find a better way. Help us tell Congress to Stop the Frack Attack.
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Jim Schermbeck says
Apparently, fracking sand is also a hazard to well pad workers. 11 field tests have been done and all samples exceeded an already-obsolete silica air pollution standard that the Administration has been slow to lower. No tests have been done off-site and downwind, so no one knows how much of a chronic threat this could be, but it’s certainly one more thing to be aware of.
kim Feil says
Heres an Arlington video on sand transport UNCOVERED by rail.
Oh, so now they can ship a carcinogen across country letting it blow all over the place. Nice.