Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Frac Sand Mining Needs Public Health Oversight Action - - Now

You can get more information about the booming but barely-regulated Wisconsin frac sand excavation and hauling now underway - - and the need for better regulations to ensure clean air and water near these multiplying operations - - through this webpage put up by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters:

Frac Sand Mining

Frac sand mining is literally booming in western Wisconsin - and it's wreaking havoc on air and water quality and public health.

The hills of western Wisconsin contain the sand necessary to do hydraulic fracking for natural gas in other parts of the country, which means our rural communities have become Grand Central Station of open-pit frac sand mining. In just the last five years, Wisconsin frac sand facilities have grown from less than a handful to more than one hundred!
In an initial inspection, DNR found that more than 80% of Wisconsin sand mines are not meeting clean air or water laws. Wisconsin sand mine pictured.
Open-pit frac sand mining:
  • Endangers productive soils needed for agriculture.
  • Damages surface waters.
  • Draws down groundwater reserves.
  • Exposes families to toxic chemicals.
  • Exposes communities to airborne particulate matter that is damaging to lungs.
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