air quality http://iowapublicradio.org en 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