Frac sand is used as part of the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Mining for frac sand is controversial for the human health and environmental concerns that arise from the process.
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The rush to drill for unconventional gas, enabled by a process popularly known as “fracking,” or hydraulic fracturing, has brought with it much collateral damage. Close observers know about contaminated water, earthquakes, and climate change impacts of the shale gas boom, but few look at the entire life cycle of fracking from cradle to grave.
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