Fracking drives annual US sand output to 29.9m tonnes

By Jack Elliott
Published: Wednesday, 22 February 2012

New USGS report says 41% of sand sold in 2010 was used by petroleum industry

The total industrial sand and gravel production in the US rose 22% year on year in 2010, from 24.6m tonnes to 29.9m, driven largely by hydraulic fracturing (fracking), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

In a new report – 2010 Minerals Yearbook:...

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