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FRAC SAND
FRENZY:
Fortune or folly?
LAST CHANCE
TO TALK SAND
A Houston County
Community Forum
Monday, February 16
La Cresc...
F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y
FRAC SAND FRENZY:
Fortune or folly?
›  Frac sand mining vs. traditional sand
and gravel minin...
F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y
Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) first used in the mid-late 1940’s (vertical drilling.)
Horizon...
F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y
F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y
U.S. Frac Sand Production
from US Geological Survey Silica Yearbooks
1480	
   2160	
   3280	
 ...
F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y
F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y
Frac Sand: What is it?
Silica or “frac” sandCommon sand of similar grain size
High quartz cont...
F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y
Minnesota
Geological
Survey:
Locations of
silica sand
“at or near”
land surface
F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y
Rochester Post-Bulletin
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
Houston county mn frac sand frenzy fortune or folly
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Frac Sand Frenzy: Fortune or Folly?

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  1. 1. FRAC SAND FRENZY: Fortune or folly? LAST CHANCE TO TALK SAND A Houston County Community Forum Monday, February 16 La Crescent, Minnesota
  2. 2. F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y FRAC SAND FRENZY: Fortune or folly? ›  Frac sand mining vs. traditional sand and gravel mining ›  Issues and impacts ›  Frac sand mining industry ›  Proposed amendment to Houston County Ordinance ›  What’s best for Houston County
  3. 3. F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) first used in the mid-late 1940’s (vertical drilling.) Horizontal drilling was integrated in the 1990’s, resulting in vastly increased production.
  4. 4. F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y
  5. 5. F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y U.S. Frac Sand Production from US Geological Survey Silica Yearbooks 1480   2160   3280   4010   4210   5260   7390   6530   12100   24300   31100   36538   47500   0   5000   10000   15000   20000   25000   30000   35000   40000   45000   50000   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012  2013*  2014*   Industrial  silica  sand  sold  annually  in  US  for  hydraulic  fracturing   Thousands  of  tons   * USGS data available through 2012. Last two years’ data (2013 & 2014) derived from Wall Street Journal (8/4/2014): “Frackers are expected to use nearly 95 billion pounds [47.5 million tons] of sand this year, up nearly 30% from 2013 and up 50% from forecasts made by energy-consulting firm PacWest Consulting Partners a year ago.” * *
  6. 6. F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y
  7. 7. F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y Frac Sand: What is it? Silica or “frac” sandCommon sand of similar grain size High quartz content n Uniform, round shape n Strong and durable ALL SILICA SAND CAN POSE HEALTH RISKS (depending on level and duration of exposure) All FRAC SAND is SILICA SAND BUT not all SILICA SAND is FRAC SAND cattle bedding w construction w glassmaking MINE SIZE w VOLUME OF SAND w INTENSITY OF ACTIVITY Minnesota Statute 116C.99 Subd. (d). (d) "Silica sand" means well-rounded, sand-sized grains of quartz (silicon dioxide), with very little impurities in terms of other minerals. Specifically, the silica sand for the purposes of this section is commercially valuable for use in the hydraulic fracturing of shale to obtain oil and natural gas. Silica sand does not include common rock, stone, aggregate, gravel, sand with a low quartz level, or silica compounds recovered as a by-product of metallic mining.
  8. 8. F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y Minnesota Geological Survey: Locations of silica sand “at or near” land surface
  9. 9. F R A C S A N D F R E N Z Y Rochester Post-Bulletin

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