The controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking,” requires massive amounts of water, chemicals, and sand, which are mixed together and are forced into wells in order to extract oil and gas from shale. The water splits open the rock, and the sand props the cracks open so machinery can extract the oil or gas. That much is pretty well known.
What many people don’t know is that since 2013, hydraulic fracturing has created huge demand for a particular type of sand. Click here to read more.