A Shift To Sand: Spotlight On Silica Use In Fracking

Law360, New York (August 2, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT) -- The past dozen years have borne witness to astonishing growth in the frac sand industry. Production of the industrial, silica-based sand required for hydraulic fracturing quadrupled between 2000 and 2009.[1] In the year that closed that decade, “U.S. frac sand producers sold or used more than 6.5 million metric tons of sand.”[2]

Then the demand for high-quality pure white quartz sand truly skyrocketed: In 2010, production for use in oil and natural gas extraction doubled to 13 million tons; in 2011, it reached approximately 22 million...
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