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New Frac Sand Study Focuses on Social Impacts


A new policy study, “Social Impacts of Industrial Sand (Frac Sand) Mining: Land Use and Values,” was released by The Heartland Institute. According to the group, “It is intended to help local policymakers and the general public better understand the potential impacts of industrial sand operations on property values in the vicinity of sand-mining operations.”

The study was written by Mark Krumenacher, a senior principal and senior vice president of GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc., and Isaac Orr, a research fellow at The Heartland Institute.

The conclusion of the study is that mining is an indispensable part of life. It is not a threat to tourism, scenic beauty or property values.

The Heartland Institute hopes it will join the other policy studies in this series as a resource for understanding the concerns, potential impacts and benefits associated with industrial sand mining.

Previous studies included:

  • Environmental Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining #137 (May 2015).
  • Economic Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining #138 (June 2015).
  • Roadway Impacts of Industrial Silica Sand (Frac Sand) Mining #139 (September 2015).

For more information or to download a copy of any of the studies, go to www.heartland.org