Demand Stricter Regulations for Frac Sand Mines


Target: Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker

Goal: Place stricter regulations on frac sand mines to protect public health and the surrounding environment

The practice of frac sand mining has grown since the boom of hydraulic fracking. Silica sand is included in the liquid injection process to increase fracking yields. However, the growing business of frac sand mining, particularly in Wisconsin, does not have strict environmental regulations. The mines have a negative impact on public health and water quality. It is time to demand stricter air and water monitoring regulations for this destructive mining practice.

The demand for frac sand mining has increased 30 percent in the last year. With 95 billion pounds of silica sand injected into wells per year, frac sand mining companies are more concerned about production than environmental integrity or human health. Although the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources does require air permits and dust control strategies, less than ten percent of frac sand mines in Wisconsin regularly monitor air emissions. Fine particulate matter infiltrates the air from the open-pit mines and can cause serious health risks like lung cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Frac sand mining also threatens water quality. The mining procedure itself demands gallons of water to reduce dust, which seriously endangers groundwater supplies. The mine site destroys the land and creates more sediment, which pollutes local waterways. This industry is simply another example of the destructive impact hydraulic fracking causes on the earth.

By signing this petition, you are urging the governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, to increase environmental monitoring and regulations for all frac sand mines in Wisconsin.


Dear Governor Walker,

Frac sand mining is an invasive mining practice that threatens air and water quality and public health. Frac sand mining feeds the destructive practice of hydraulic fracking. The mining process draws a copious amount of water from local groundwater supplies as well as adds unwanted sediment into surrounding waterways. Small air particulates pollute the air and degrade the health of local residents near the mines. Air and water monitoring should be increased for all frac sand mining sites in the state.

Currently, less than ten percent of the frac sand mining areas in Wisconsin regularly monitor air emissions. Regulation should be strongly enforced. Air contaminated by silica sand particulates can cause lung cancer and cardiovascular disease in humans. Lake Michigan’s water and citizens’ health are in danger from the lax regulations currently in place. Please take action to increase and enforce environmental regulations for frac sand mining sites.


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