NON-HEALTH RELATED CONCERNS with FRAC SAND MINING
The sandstone formations of Wisconsin not only contain quartz sand, they contain the aquifers that supply water to our rural communities. The sandstone serves as a giant filter for this water supply. Mining operations threaten this water supply in both quality and quantity.
Despite state laws requiring the reclamation of mined land, reclaimed land does not have the same fertility or filtering capabilities as unmined land. It takes years to build soil, which is a living thing.
Returning mining waste to mine sites poses soil contamination risks, and placing it within feet of the aquifer risks water contamination.
Other risks are reduced property values, diminished wildlife habitat, noise pollution, increased road repair costs to local communities, traffic safety on haul routes, the loss of rural quality of life, and a dramatically landscape.
Finally, exporting a product to be used in hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells risks the health of those communities, and perpetuates our dependence on fossil fuels.