Category Archives: Sand Mining

In pictures: Sand mining in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone, beach sand mining. “Unlawful and unsustainable sand mining is destroying one of Sierra Leone’s prize assets: her beaches.” Captions and Photo source: Change.Org

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Once synonymous with a brutal civil war, Sierra Leone was forecast to be one of the world’s fastest growing countries in 2012. On the back of the rapid economic growth, a construction boom, with new roads and buildings springing up in and around the major towns… But the construction brings with it increasing demand for sand, an essential building material, and much of this sand is coming from the country’s beautiful beaches.

The coast, stripped of its natural protection, is now being eroded at a rate of up to 6m (yards) per year in places, according to Kolleh Bangura, director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

View Pictures And Read Full Article, BBC News

Destroying Paradise To Make Concrete Blocks: Sand Mining In Sierra Leone
A new threat has emerged that risks destroying Sierra Leone’s eco-tourism untapped opportunities for sustainable development: Sand Mining. The free-sand-for-all bonanza just exploded. Without permits, hundreds of trucks attack the beaches on a daily basis, hiring local boys as daily laborers to destroy their own communities…

Stop Sand Mining In Sierra Leone

San Francisco Bay Sand Mining Alarms Conservationists

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Ocean Beach, San Francisco. Photo source: ©© Kevin Krejci

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Dredge mining of shoals near Angel and Alcatraz islands and throughout Suisun Bay is robbing the bay of sand that keeps San Francisco’s Ocean Beach from eroding, according to new research by the U.S. Geological Survey…


Erosion of coastal bluffs at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, Jan 2010. Captions and Photo source: Jeff Hansen / U.S. Geological Survey

Read Full Article, San Francisco Gate

San Francisco Bay Sand Mining Raises Question About Beach Erosion

New Fracking Frontier Scares Residents

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Photo source: ©© Shell

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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…

Read Full Article, The Huffington Post

The Price Of Sand, A Documentary

Tell the BLM: Don’t Frack California
California still has zero regulation to protect our health and water from dangerous fracking, but that’s not stopping the Bureau of Land Management from auctioning off almost 18,000 acres of land for oil drilling and hydraulic fracturing also known as, fracking…

Sand mining Is Booming Along With Fracking
Fracking, the latest craze in the quest to produce oil and gas, has been blamed for environmental problems ranging from flammable tap water to minor earthquakes. Now a new risk is emerging: sand mining. To squeeze hydrocarbons out of shale through hydraulic fracturing of the rock, the process known as fracking, producers need to pump an enormous amount of sand into the ground.

Fracking for shale gas gets green light in UK, Guardian UK
Fracking is set to be the next frontier for the UK’s oil and gas industry, after the government lifted restrictions on the controversial practice, giving a green light to drilling that could produce billions of pounds worth of gas.

Liberia: Bans Beach Sand Mining

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Atlantic waves roll onto the beach at Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia. Photo source: ©© David Stanley

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The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (LME) has announced that it would be closing all beaches throughout the country from sand mining…

Read Full Article, All’Africa

Sand Mining Throughout Coastal Liberia (04-05-2012)

Unabated Illegal Sand Mining And The Danger It Poses, Liberia (07-22-2010)

Tell the BLM: Don’t Frack California

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“Face the Storm.” Photo source: ©© Zach Dischner
Fracking, the latest craze in the quest to produce oil and gas, has been blamed for environmental problems ranging from flammable tap water to minor earthquakes. Now a new risk is emerging: sand mining. To squeeze hydrocarbons out of shale through hydraulic fracturing of the rock, the process known as fracking, producers need to pump an enormous amount of sand into the ground.

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“California still has zero regulation to protect our health and water from dangerous fracking, but that’s not stopping the Bureau of Land Management from auctioning off almost 18,000 acres of land for oil drilling and fracking next week.

Fracking contaminates precious water with toxic chemicals,2 generates cancer-causing air emissions,3 and in California could pollute crucial agricultural water and lands in the Central Valley, as parts of Monterey, San Benito and Fresno counties are being auctioned off.

California’s environmental regulators are still drafting fracking regulations and fracking is exempt from many critical environmental laws like the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act, so the BLM’s rush to auction off federal mineral rights puts Californians totally at the mercy of the fracking industry and should not move forward.” —Credo Action

Tell Bureau of Land Management California State Director James Kenna: Don’t frack California.

Read Full Article, Credo Action

EPA Implicates Fracking In Pollution
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday for the first time that fracking, a controversial method of improving the productivity of oil and gas wells, may be to blame for causing groundwater pollution.

Environmentalists sue California to stop fracking, Reuters
Environmental groups sued the state of California on Tuesday in an effort to stop hydraulic fracturing as regulators attempt to devise new rules for the controversial oil and gas extraction practice. Fracking, or pumping chemical-laced water and sand into a well to open cracks that release oil and gas, has generated a fierce debate across the country, leading to bans in one state and several municipalities. Yet the industry insists the practice is safe so long as wells are properly built.

Drinking water for millions – including D.C. – at risk without stronger BLM fracking rules, NRDC

Are Earthquakes and Fracking Wastewater Injection Wells Related? EcoWatch

Method predicts size of fracking earthquakes, Nature Journal
Small earthquakes are a recognized risk of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, a procedure in which companies unlock energy reserves by pumping millions of litres of water underground to fracture shale rock and release the natural gas trapped inside. Researchers now say that they can calculate the highest magnitude earthquake that such an operation could induce — though it won’t determine the likelihood of a quake occurring.

Sand mining Is Booming Along With Fracking
Fracking, the latest craze in the quest to produce oil and gas, has been blamed for environmental problems ranging from flammable tap water to minor earthquakes. Now a new risk is emerging: sand mining. To squeeze hydrocarbons out of shale through hydraulic fracturing of the rock, the process known as fracking, producers need to pump an enormous amount of sand into the ground.


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PETITION: Ban Fracking In California

Hydrofracturing And The Impact On Your Clean Water, by American Rivers

FAQs On Fracking And Our Rivers, by American Rivers

fracking & your air, Clean Water Action

Hazardous Air Pollutants Detected Near Fracking Sites, Bloomberg
For years, the controversy over natural gas drilling has focused on the water and air quality problems linked to hydraulic fracturing, the process where chemicals are blasted deep underground to release tightly bound natural gas deposits. But a new study reports that a set of chemicals called non-methane hydrocarbons, or NMHCs, is found in the air near drilling sites even when fracking isn’t in progress.

Fracking May Have Caused 50 Earthquakes in Oklahoma, Tree Huggers

Examination of Possibly Induced Seismicity from Hydraulic Fracturing in the Eola Field, Garvin County, Oklahoma

Tiny Barbuda Fears Increasingly Hostile Climate

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Cocoa Point, Barbuda. Photo source: ©© Sharkbait

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Local scientists are warning the tiny 62-square-mile island of Barbuda is becoming one of the most vulnerable spots on earth to the consequences of climate change.

“We are small, we are flat…and if the climate change predictions come true, especially with respect to sea level rise, you are looking at potentially a third of the island being not available for the sort of things we are using it for right now,” marine biologist John Mussington told IPS.

Worsening the problem is the long-time practice of sand removal from the island…

Read Full Article, IPS

Final Decision on Barbuda Sand Mining Due, Caribarena

Official Rejects Sand-mining Resumption Proposal
Barbuda Council Member Senator Arthur Nibbs says the indicated position of the Barbuda Council Chairman Calvin Punter that the sister-isle could soon be returning to sand mining in order to cushion heavy-hitting financial challenges, is as unsurprising as it going to be damaging.

Sand Mining Mafia Exposed: Govt Turns A Blind Eye, Tamil Nadu, India

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WATCH: A CNN-IBN Video Documentary

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A CNN-IBN ground report has exposed how sand is being stolen by politically connected mafia despite a ban on sand mining in Tamil Nadu. And the rampant sand mining is happening in violation of a ban…

Putting an end to illegal sand mining was one of the poll promises made by Jayalalithaa before she took over as the Chief Minister. But one year later, there seems to be no improvement on the ground and illegal sand mining continues unabated…

Watch Video Documentary and Read Full Article, “Tamil Nadu: Illegal sand mining continues,” CNN-IBN

San Francisco Bay Sand Mining Raises Question About Beach Erosion

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Photo source: ©© Jaywei80

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The sediment in San Francisco Bay, once thought of as a renewable resource, is eroding and being removed much more quickly than nature replenishes it — which could affect two companies’ requests to increase their sand-mining operations.

Sand has been removed from the Bay for more than 100 years, first for harbors and channels and later for use in construction. For decades it was assumed the sediment was quickly replenished. But new research shows that only 15 percent of the coarse sand mined for construction purposes is replenished…

Read Full Article, SF Examiner