April 4, 2017
The Heartland Institute reports that its new research study, the Heartland Policy Study, concludes that industrial sand mining operations do not pose a threat to human health or the environment. The study, which was co-authored by Isaac Orr, Heartland Research Fellow, and Mark Krumenacher, a senior principal of GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., examined the best available scientific data on the effects of industrial sand mining on air quality in order to address people’s concerns about its potential impacts. Those concerns are addressed in the final paper in a six-part series addressing frac sand mining.
This Policy Study examined the best available scientific data collected by state agencies and nationally respected air monitoring scientists using EPA-certified equipment and sampling methodologies. Each of these studies has found industrial sand facilities do not contribute hazardous levels of respirable crystalline silica or particulate matter (PM) pollution, and therefore do not pose a threat to human health or the environment.
Non-scientific studies using uncertified equipment and flawed methods have served only to create confusion regarding the effect of industrial sand facilities on the environment. Those reports have made people unnecessarily anxious and fearful about the effect these facilities may have on their families, their health, and their home values. It is our hope that this Policy Studywill alleviate some of those fears.