A Shift To Sand: Spotlight On Silica Use In Fracking
August 2, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT
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. In the year that closed that decade, “U.S. frac sand producers sold or used more than 6.5 million metric tons of sand.”
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...