LaSalle County, Illinois Frac Sand Mining

June 2016 tour of frac sand mining operations in LaSalle County, Illinois. Aerial support provided by LightHawk: https://www.lighthawk.org.

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Muriel Lord writes:

I knew about Wisconsin and Michigan, but hadn't realised Illinois was 
being dug up A similar fate in prospect for Cheshire, source of the best quality silica sand in the UK, if fracking in gets going in the 
northwest or indeed in areas further away. Unless they import sand or 
manufacture ceramic pellets (still have to dig up clays presumably).

Sibelco is the company to watch. 2 applications already in the pipeline 
in Cheshire.

In Dec 2014, I queried the potential destruction of Cheshire's farmland 
by silica sand quarrying, in Q and A after a lecture by Prof Ernest 
Rutter on fracking His response --

"they will probably be glad of the jobs".

Clive Mitchell, BGS, writes articles about silica sand. eg - this good 
survey of the UK resources.
http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/501752/1/UK_silica_sand_resources_for_fracking_submitted_26-04-13.pdf
However the last line in that 2013 presentation is rubbish. I spoke to 
him at the BGS "drop in" event at Treales recently. He hadn't a clue 
about the amounts used for the small test fracks in the one vertical 
well at Preese Hall.

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