Understanding Sand Mining
Monroe County is experiencing a boom in sand mining, but as with any boom the details may not be well understood. The presentation below is an excellent introduction to Frac Sand, its mining and use, from La Crosse County Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development Agent Karl Green:
“Frac Sand 101 and DNR Regulations” (.pdf, new window, 6.5MB)
Presented by Tom Woletz, DNR to the Monroe County Unit of the Wisconsin Towns Association, May 24, 2012
“Aggregate Mining vs. Industrial Sand Mining” (.pdf, new window, 5.4MB)
Presented by representatives of Milestone Materials/Mathy Construction to the Monroe County Unit of the Wisconsin Towns Association, May 24, 2012
Click the link above for an assortment of sample ordinances.
Written by Bruce Brown, Senior Geologist at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. An overview of the basics of frac sand (where, why) and where the industry is likely heading.
Full, 57-page report from the DNR on silica sand. Includes an Executive Summary of findings on pages 1-2.
From UW-Extension, this factsheet explores the stability of sand mining as an industry in an attempt to help communities plan for the future.
From UW-Extension, as employment opportunities become available through the development of frac sand mines, this factsheet explores the natural question: “who will take the jobs?”
From UW-Extension, this factsheet explores the “ripple effect” of sand mining on local economies.
How is Frac Sand Used?
This video provides a very clear explanation of the hydraulic fracturing oil and gas extraction process.
For More Information, Contact:
UW – Extension, Monroe County Office
14345 County Highway B, Room 1
Sparta, WI 54656