Two years ago, filmmaker Jim Tittle, grew an interest in the frac-sand mining boom in his mother’s town. After conducting interviews with the locals, he put together the documentary, “The Price of Sand,” to explore the issue. With a high demand for pure silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing, land with large deposits have been targeted for mines, particularly in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
“Good people are on both sides of the issue, and sometimes the facts aren’t obvious,” says Tittle. With the increase in mines and companies, there will likely be more jobs and an economic stimulus in the nearby towns, but there are also negative impacts on the community. Toxic silica dust, increased traffic, and other threats are posed in the documentary.