Frac Sand Mining is Disturbing Thousands of Acres in the US

by Duane Nichols on February 13, 2021

Extensive frac sand mining is damaging thousands of acres

UNDERMINED — Voices from the Front Lines of Frac Sand Mining

Public Announcement from FracTracker, Public Lab, & Save the Hills Alliance, February 8, 2021

“Undermined,” is an audio story featuring interviews with three residents impacted by the Hi-Crush Mine in Augusta, Wisconsin.

Christine Yellowthunder, Tom Pearson, and Terence O’Donahue give first hand accounts of their struggles for clean air and water, healthy farmland, and sustainable livelihoods amidst broken promises from frac sand companies.


The perils of fracking are well documented, but the impacts from mining frac sand are less widely known. In this OpenHour, we speak with the people fighting for clean air and water, fertile farmland, & sustainable livelihoods in fenceline communities from across the midwest.

Fracking is an extractive technology that has spread across massive landscapes and unzoned, small towns in the USA as industry has purchased up land rights to conduct operations. Mining for silica sand, use of chemicals, and local water all are pumped into the ground to release small pockets of oil & gas. We will hear directly from community members who have been bringing their communities together to unite in the struggles for healthy homes and justice amidst broken promises from frac sand companies.

About Frac Sand Mining in Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, etc.

To learn more about frac sand mining, see FracTracker’s collection of aerial imagery, and explore the collection of articles and interactive maps, please visit our informational page below:

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