Fracking boom drives demand for sand

The U.S. shale energy revolution is driving the demand for sand used in hydraulic fracturing. This year, 56.3 billion pounds of sand will be used in fracking, and consulting firm PacWest expects that sand use will increase by 20% over the next two years. In Wisconsin, more than 100 sand mines and processing facilities have been granted permits, up from just 10 such facilities in 2010.

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