Ammonium nitrate is used in mining. Mining = fracking.
Storage of ammonium nitrate was blamed for the tragic explosion in West, Texas. Wise County seems to be the prize winner in the ammonium nitrate storage category for the Barnett Shale area. Score to the DRC reporting!
Denton Record Chronicle
Facilities must disclose certain amounts of materials kept on site
By John D. Harden and Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe / Staff Writers
According to that report, Justin Seed is categorized as a “5” for ammonium nitrate, storing between 100,000 and 999,999 pounds.
Phone calls to Justin Seed Co. were not returned by press time Thursday.
At least 44 facilities statewide have reported large stores of at least 10,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, according to state records obtained by the The Dallas Morning News.
Wise County had four sites each reporting more than 100,000 pounds on site, the most sites of any county in Texas. Two of the sites in Alvord had the same address.
The facilities in Wise County use ammonium nitrate to manufacture explosives for industries such as mining and construction, site managers said.
UPDATE: Two companies mentioned in the DRC article.