In St Charles, Minn., a sand production company is trying to build a plant on 300 acres of land, and residents there are afraid it will ruin their way of life.
For the third day this week we go to visit the small town of St. Charles, Minn., the latest Midwestern spot at the center of the silica sand mining debate. A proposal to bring a sand mine to St. Charles – and mine sand to use in fracking operations – is being hotly debated.
In part two of our special series, Susie Jones shares a story from St. Charles, Minn.
With the oil boom in North Dakota and demand for domestic oil growing, there’s a need for silica sand that’s used to drill for the oil.