New Fracking Frontier Scares Residents

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Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure sand has become a valuable commodity, and mines are opening in the US at a rapid rate. Up to 4 million pounds of the sand are used per well to prop open the newly created rock fractures that release the natural gas, and operations are still concentrated on the East Coast, particularly Pennsylvania.
The Mississippi Sand mine would be the first to actually border Starved Rock, which opponents fear could mean an increased chance of river and wetland contamination, habitat degradation, and tourist detraction. Further, opponents suggest the growing number of frac sand mines, represent the overall escalating scale and impact of natural gas production…

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