Pattison Sand Co. of Iowa was sued by residents of Bridgeport, Wisconsin in an attempt to block a mine run by the company.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, involves the underground pumping of water, chemicals and a special, hard, round sand. That helps open rock layers so rigs can pump out the natural gas and oil.
While there is no fracking for oil or gas in Iowa, the state is home to one of the nation’s largest deposits of silica sand used in fracking. The sand is in high demand.
Water pollution, dust, traffic, noise, and health problems are just some of the issues raised by those opposed to fracking. Allamakee and Winneshiek counties in Iowa each passed an 18-month moratorium on frack sand mining permits
To learn more about the debate, and what the future could hold for Iowa, head over to the Des Moines Register.