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Rules Proposed for Frack Sand Mining in WisconsinSubmitted: 03/27/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - A fine grained sand used in "fracking" can be found in Wisconsin.

Now a state lawmaker wants to see some controls on the growing frack sand mining industry.

Senator Kathleen Vinehout is circulating five bills.

They would give property owners and local government more power over where the sand mines and processing plants are located.

The Alma Democrat represents a district in western Wisconsin where numerous frack sand operations are located.

The state has nearly 50 mining plants in operation.

Dozens more have been proposed as demand for the fine-grained sand has grown.

The sand is used to help unlock underground oil and gas deposits, in a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

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