Frac Sand Fever, Flocculents And Public Health Fears

Law360, New York (December 12, 2013, 7:01 PM EST) -- The "frac sand rush” is well under way in the United States, particularly in the Midwest, where the high-purity silica sand — branded “northern white” — has the ideal size, roundness and hardness for propping open fissures created by hydraulic fracking. And there appears to be no end to the continuing demand for frac sand and the growth of the multibillion-dollar silica industry. In 2013 alone, 56.3 billion pounds of sand are expected to be used by energy companies in their fracking operations.

This unprecedented expansion...
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