National Geographic comes to the state and reports on the booming frac sand business.
Meanwhile, the state is poised to further enable massive groundwater withdrawals used in processing the sand before its shipping, and is also looking the other way when it comes to regulating the release of unhealthy sand particulates downwind:
Wisconsin's DNR has re-affirmed that it will not draft new regulations for the frac-sand mines that are popping up mainly in the western half of the state.
An official told the Natural Resources Board last week that new rules were not needed - and current regulations were adequate. Now, Deputy Secretary Matt Moroney gave the same reply to a group of residents who petitioned his agency in November for regulations on dust particles.Related information, here.