Officials: Mining Red River sand won’t require explosives

Mining 61.8 million tons of sand from the Red River near Doddridge for hydraulic fracturing in Texas and Louisiana will not require explosives, an official said.

“Unlike sand-mining operations in other states throughout the country, there will be no blasting techniques used in the company’s mining program,” said Ryan McMaster, sales and business director for Performance Proppants, the company mining the sand.

Blasting involves explosives, which are not considered a low-impact part of the mining process…


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