People who are curious about the frac sand industry in Wisconsin have a new tool to measure its growth: an interactive map created by the Department of Natural Resources.
It's been nearly five years since frac sand mining took off in the western half of the state. Only now has an official, up-to-date account of the industry's footprint become available to the public.
The Wisconsin DNR's new web page includes a breakdown of sand mines, processing centers and rail loading facilities in the state, along with an interactive map with information about the companies doing the mining.
The map was created after getting numerous calls from real estate developers curious about where mines were and from investors looking to get in the game. According to the DNR, there were 135 active frac sand facilities and 94 more inactive sites as of May 1st in Wisconsin.
The map shows 8 active frac sand mine sites in Buffalo, Trempealeau, and Jackson counties and 16 inactive sites.....