Minn. Star Tribune: Some towns in Wisconsin and Minnesota worry as frac sand industry pauses

Oct. 4, 2015 WINONA, Minn. – A line of semitrailer trucks rolled onto a scale next to a one-story green shed at Winona’s commercial port on a recent afternoon, a weighty procession of raw materials mostly headed for Mississippi ports. Last year, so many of the trucks were filled with northern white frac sand excavated from the region that they filled more than 250 barges shipped downriver to Texas oil fields. And this year.

We told people that this is an industry like virtually every other extractive industry that cycles through boom and bust, boom and bust,” she said. The larger companies know the economic model and even plan for it, Malone said. “That’s part of the deal.”