Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin Elicits Strong Local Reaction
Gold rush mentality seems to reign as entrepreneurs race to mine silica sand - an essential element of fracking.
Clusters of protests popped up in and outside the U.S. this weekend as people demonstrated concern about "fracking". It’s the process used to remove natural gas from the earth. Sand of just the right size and strength is critical to the fracking process and LOTS of it is found in western Wisconsin.
WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence spent time in the region last week and will be reporting on what she saw and heard. She joined Ann-Elise Henzl on Morning Edition to offer a preview.