Wisconsin has 58 inactive sand extraction sites, and while there is substantial interest in bringing more facilities online, the oil price slump has made it difficult to get those projects off the ground
The budding frac sand industry's future hinges on the survival of the U.S. shale oil and gas boom. But frac sand's fate is also tied down to the web of freight railroads that criss-cross the Midwest.
A new independent documentary, "The Price of Sand," aims to do for Minnesota's frac-sand mining debate what the film "Gasland" did for fracking.
Three environmental groups have sued the state of Illinois in a last-ditch effort to stop a controversial frac sand mine from being built near Illinois’ most-visited state park.
The frac sand mining boom has now spread to Illinois, as state regulators grant approval to build a controversial mining operation next to Starved Rock State Park.
A state senator and a group of citizen petitioners are now calling on Minnesota officials to play a bigger role in helping assess the effect of frac sand mining on the environment, infrastructure and public health.
In a sign of the growing significance of the frac sand industry in the Upper Midwest, a Pennsylvania sand mining company announced Tuesday that former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has joined its board of directors.
The great frac sand rush that has engulfed Wisconsin and Minnesota is making inroads in Illinois. And right now, environmentalists say, frac sand mining threatens one of Illinois’ most beloved and iconic state parks—and perhaps the entire Illinois River Valley.