Governments and communities are being challenged to ensure that the benefits from frac sand mining are maximized in a sustainable way and that the negative impacts of mining are mitigated so that the communities both during and after the life of the mine, are better off. Our small rural communities have never had to prepare for such large-scale operations, and are pressured by the industry to move quickly. Small town boards are finding themselves overwhelmed with the responsibility of regulation and may also be faced with conflicts of interest when voting on frac sand issues. It's unclear whether we will meet the challenge or not, but it is clear that if you care, your help is needed.
The map below was published in Rice Lake Chronotype 9/2012. Status of locations are likely to have changed and the number of mines have increased.