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for the content and/or accuracy of the information. We would like to thank the many authors and
agencies who have provided these resources.
|West Central Wisconsin is
experiencing a large expansion of frac sand mining and processing operations. To address
growing interest in this activity, the West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission has
compiled information regarding frac sand mining. There are various links to reports on general
information, geology, environment, transportation, economic impact, planning, and regulations.
Documents can either be downloaded or found at websites with those links provided. The ultimate
decision to mine lies with the municipal officials, whose responsibility is to the people of their
jurisdiction. The sheer volume of information can be daunting; however, we hope this will give
municipal officials a starting point and the tools they need to make an informed
is frac sand used for?
Frac sand is used to
help extract oil and gas from previously hard-to-reach shale deposits. It is exported from
Wisconsin to places with gas and oil bearing shale where it is used in a combined process called
hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. Frac sand is mixed with high volumes of water and
chemicals and forced into the shale, where it holds open fissures allowing the oil or gas to be
The WCWRPC has divided
issues into six categories. Many reports are listed under multiple headings because they cover
more than one topic.
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