fracking http://iowapublicradio.org en Air Quality Concerns from Frack Sand to be Studied by UI Team http://iowapublicradio.org/post/air-quality-concerns-frack-sand-be-studied-ui-team-0 <p></p><p>Researchers at the University of Iowa have received a $125,000 federal grant to study the effects of frack sand mining on air quality.</p><p>The rise in hydraulic fracturing in the US and Canada has created demand for silica sand, used in the fracking process. There’s currently just <a href="http://www.pattisonsand.com/">one major frack sand mine </a>in Iowa’s Clayton County. But parts of northeast Iowa are rich in these sand deposits.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 05:30:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 32781 at http://iowapublicradio.org Air Quality Concerns from Frack Sand to be Studied by UI Team Some Northeast Iowans Fear Expanded "Frac" Sand Mining http://iowapublicradio.org/post/some-northeast-iowans-fear-expanded-frac-sand-mining-0 <p>Northeast Iowa is known for the big, scenic hills that dot the Mississippi River Valley and beyond.&nbsp; Many of those hills contain sandstone. They can be used in hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas.</p><p>But some residents are concerned that more sand mining would harm the area’s environment.</p><p>Iowa Public Radio’s Sarah McCammon looks at the current state of “frac” sand mining in Iowa…and the potential for more.</p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 14:39:30 +0000 Sarah McCammon 17200 at http://iowapublicradio.org Some Northeast Iowans Fear Expanded "Frac" Sand Mining Economic Opportunites and Environmental Concerns Set Up Debate Over 'Frac' Sand Mining http://iowapublicradio.org/post/economic-opportunites-and-environmental-concerns-set-debate-over-frac-sand-mining <p>You’ve probably heard about controversies over the environmental effects of hydraulic fracturing – the technique known as “fracking.” There’s no oil or gas fracking in Iowa…but the increasing use of the technique is affecting the state. It’s creating a market for finely-grained silica sand from northeast Iowa.</p><p>And some residents of the area are in conflict over the future of frac sand mining.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 13:24:45 +0000 Sarah McCammon 17137 at http://iowapublicradio.org Economic Opportunites and Environmental Concerns Set Up Debate Over 'Frac' Sand Mining Frack Sand Mining Stirs Up Controversy in Northeast Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/frack-sand-mining-stirs-controversy-northeast-iowa <p></p><p>Controversy over so-called “frack” sand mining is heating up in northeast Iowa. A community meeting Wednesday evening in Decorah will focus on concerns about the possibility of mining development in Winneshiek County.</p><p>Fine sand can be used in the hydraulic fracturing process known as “fracking.” The technique is used to remove natural gas and oil from deep underground. There’s not any oil or gas fracking in Iowa right now – but there is a<a href="http://www.pattisonsand.com/"> sand mine </a>in northeast Iowa’s Clayton County, which is shipping frack sand out of state.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 13:17:57 +0000 Sarah McCammon 15674 at http://iowapublicradio.org Frack Sand Mining Stirs Up Controversy in Northeast Iowa