Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin Elicits Strong Local Reaction

Sep 24, 2012

Frac sand mines are multiplying across western Wisconsin's agricultural landscape at a dizzying pace.  WUWM digs into the polarizing development.

Worker at Superior Silica Sands dry plant in New Auburn.

Listen to this two-part conversation between WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence and Ann-Elise Henzl, about Susan's trip to western Wisconsin this month, gather perspectives about the wave of sand mining operations erupting across its agricultural landscape.

The region's sand is just the right size and strength for the fracking process used to extract natural gas from the earth.