"Sand Land" airs voices of those affected by sand mines

Wisconsin's sand-mining and processing industry is now undergoing explosive growth due to the use of Wisconsin sand by natural gas producers for hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."

"Frac-sand" mining, currently unregulated by the state, is the subject of a new documentary short, "Sand Land." A related article by the documentary's producers notes that "Frac sand, which consists of fine-grained sillica, can cause the respiratory illness, silicosis. Washing the frac sand in preparation for the fracking process is also a water intensive process, particularly threatening in the age of increasing water scarcity in the United States and around the world." Read more...