The groundwater flow model that has been used in a three year study has shown the impact on water sources ,rivers, and lakes in central Wisconsin. WPR reports “The Little Plover River is about a 21-mile watershed. It was once a great little trout fishery,” he said. “I’m not sure there are any trout left in it now, though.”
There are over 2800 high capacity ground water wells in just the central Wisconsin area reported by the DNR. This is due to the “frac sand boom” which started in 2011 in western and central Wisconsin. With 128 frac sand mines in over 100 condensed in the western and central Wisconsin area . Due to our rare white sand. The impacts are being noticed in families, homes, and rivers. With little to no regulations and now the state government trying to relax more regulations on these corporations our water is tainted in areas , depleted in areas, and we need to preserve and slowdown the damage being done.
This water being used in such high quantities and chemical used in the rinsing process in frac sand mines. Causes contamination to the soil around the mines. If the company is NOT following regulations are setting up the process like required can cause more damage to our water. 3 frac sand mines were closed last year due to non compliance. The DNR is not staffed properly to keep track of all the activity and our state government needs to accommodate for our well beings.
The new groundwater flow model also shows the closer wells are located by rivers the impact is greater. The good news is this model can be used in the future to help in placement of high capacity wells.
Frac Sand is use in the fracking process for pipelines to allow a smoother flow of product through the pipeline’s. The blasting from frac sand mining tends to drive heavy metals
into our groundwater ,not good at all. The frac sand is a natural water filter, percolating rain water as it seeps deep into our aquifer”much like a coffee filter”. Blasting poison into our water supply and subsequently removing the natural filter that cleans the water is insanity defined.
Sportsmen Spring Hearing with an overwhelming vote to allow the DNR to suspend high capacity wells. Wisconsin is finally able to have a voice and a concluded survey to help guide a better way on preserving our water. As recently as last week a Farmer in Whitehall, Wisconsin next to a frac sand mine has been unable to use his water due to 2x arsenic levels. The Plover river is primarily depleted we need to hold companies accountable on our state resources.
“Canadian Sand and Proppants Inc. worked for many months in secret with our city and
county officials to pave the way for a Silica Sand Processing Plant in Chippewa Falls. Small notices of annexation and rezoning were published in the Chippewa Herald, but there was no end user named and no mention of SAND.”
2013 Frac Sand Awareness EOG plans to transport 2.6 million tons of sand per year into the city plant from distant quarries for processing. The plant itself will have 5 stacks, two will be 51 feet high, and three will be 96 feet high. The AIR QUALITY PERMIT, granted to CSP (and transferred without change to EOG) by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulates what can come out of those stacks.HOWEVER, unlike other industries that have to count ALL the pollution they put in the air, Mining gets a special “free pass” on much of the dust pollution they put in the air.