In Texas, mining sand for fracking experiences boom

Posted: April 16, 2017 at 2:05 a.m.

Julio Griffin adjusts the water pressure on a hydro-cannon at the Superior Silica Sands mine late last month in Kosse, Texas.

In a deepening pit in this small town southeast of Waco, workers aim a high-pressure water cannon that reduces small hills of claylike sand into a watery slurry that is filtered, processed, dried into fine particles and loaded onto trucks bound for hydraulic-fracturing operations across Texas.

A worker sprays down piles of sand last month at the Superior Silica Sands mine in Kosse, Texas.

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