There’s been a lot of talk recently about how the frac sand industry will be affected by the recent drop in oil prices. But overall experts are saying frac sand miners shouldn’t be worried, there’s no evidence of a slowdown in Wisconsin, and it’ll take a lot more than a temporary drop in oil prices to change the demand for frac sand, despite a noticeable decrease in rail traffic, according to the Post Bulletin.
An administrative law judge has agreed with 10 community members who challenged a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource’s (DNR) decision to allow FML Sand LLC of Fairmount Santrol to build a sand mine and processing facility in Arcadia, Wis., without ambient air monitors. Frac sand opponents are waiting for the DNR to respond to a recent petition for a statewide environmental impact study.
More than 40 percent of the registered voters in the Winona County, Minn., township of Saratoga have signed a petition calling for a moratorium on frac sand mining in the area, according to the Winona Daily News.