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7:24 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Economic Opportunites and Environmental Concerns Set Up Debate Over 'Frac' Sand Mining

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.

And some residents of the area are in conflict over the future of frac sand mining.