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Economic Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining

By: MINING MEDIA INTERNATIONAL Views: 2098Downloads: 21
Author: Isaac Orr, Mark KrumenacherWhitepaper/Case Study

Published by The Heartland Institute. Hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas production has dramatically increased the demand for industrial silica sand, known as “frac sand,” available in great abundance in the Upper Midwest. As new sand mines and processing facilities are proposed, the policymakers and citizens of counties with frac sand resources are being asked to evaluate the potential economic benefits and costs of industrial sand mining.

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