By John Rogers
“Northern white” could soon give way to “southern red.”
Energy developers in Eastern Utah’s Uinta Basin and throughout the western United States and Canada engaged in the oil extraction process known as “fracking” need thousands of tons of sand to use in the controversial process. And the sand has to be just right. It must be clean silica sand with grains that are basically round, the right size and hard enough to withstand the extreme pressure inherent in the process.