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23. March Final Silica Sand Report

23. March Final Silica Sand Report

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Published by Sally Jo Sorensen
The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board has released a report outlining issues related to industrial sand mining in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Environmental Quality Board has released a report outlining issues related to industrial sand mining in Minnesota.

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Published by: Sally Jo Sorensen on Mar 23, 2013
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EnvironmentalQuality Board
Report on Silica Sand
Final Report
 March 20, 2013
 
 
 
 
March 20, 2012
 
T
ABLE OF
C
ONTENTS
 I. I
NTRODUCTION
 A.
 
Purpose of This ReportII. B
ACKGROUND ON
S
ILICA
S
AND
 A.
 
What is Silica Sand?B.
 
What is ‘Fracking’ and Why is Sand Needed?
 C.
 
Silica Sand Specifications for Hydraulic FracturingD.
 
Location of Silica Sand ResourcesE.
 
Comparison of Silica Sand Mining to Other Sand and Gravel MiningF.
 
Processing of Silica SandG.
 
Proppant Alternatives to Silica SandH.
 
Multiple Industry Elements: Mining, Processing, Transporting of Silica SandIII. F
RACKING AND
S
AND
M
ARKET
S
UMMARIES
,
 
S
OCIOECONOMICS
 A.
 
Fracking OverviewB.
 
Sand Market OverviewC.
 
Research on Impacts of Mining on CommunitiesD.
 
Employment DataE.
 
Potential Research TopicsIV. A
IR QUALITY
 A.
 
Health ImpactsB.
 
Permits and StandardsC.
 
Potential Research TopicsV. W
ATER
Q
UALITY
 A.
 
GroundwaterB.
 
Surface WaterC.
 
Permits and StandardsD.
 
Potential Research TopicsVI. W
ATER
Q
UANTITY
 A.
 
Dry Mining
 – 
Winona County ExampleB.
 
Wet Mining
 – 
Kasota Area ExampleC.
 
Possible Hydraulic Impacts of MiningD.
 
Permits and StandardsE.
 
Water AbundanceF.
 
Potential Research Topics

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