The fracking industry is hauling crystalline silica sand in uncovered, open top trains that allow the sand to blow into communities and spill along the railway. We have seen these trains hauling silica sand through Arlington, TX.
When the silica reaches destination it is offloaded from the trains, placed on a conveyor where it blows around the community, which can create dangerous amounts of dust.
Crystalline silica has been classified as a human lung carcinogen. Breathing it can cause silicosis which is incurable.
Now I ask you, Dear Readers, isn’t that the most generous offer you’ver ever heard.
A grandmother in the community sent me these pictures.
For more information on frack sand, click HERE.
UPDATE for the benefit of the industry commenters who think silica sand is somehow better sand for sandboxes. Nice try guys. No, I mean it, I can always count on you to deliver a blast of smoke aimed at our backsides.
The State of California requires the above warning label on playsand containing crystalline silica. That is because much of the playsand found in today’s stores is not natural sand, but actually derived from quarried quartz rocks. Children, who have developing lungs, breathe in crystalline silica dust as they play in the sand. Frequent sandbox play creates continued exposure to this known carcinogen.