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Geologists Say South Dakota Sand Isn't Right For Fracking

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The process of fracking for oil takes a lot of water, sand and chemicals to break up shale rock formations.

Most of that sand comes from out of state. One of the closest states, South Dakota, has sand, but it turns out it's not the right kind. Geologists there studied sand formations, and found South Dakota sand is the wrong texture for use in North Dakota's oil and gas industry.

The 16-month study found that South Dakota sand did not meet the specific recommendations set by the American Petroleum Institute. And while it might not have been the outcome officials were hoping for, South Dakota sand could still play a role in the industry.

"That's not to say that there weren't some sand grains in some of the deposits that were of the right size, shape and minerology. Overall though, we didn't find any large deposits that jumped out at us as being mineable," says

The requirements for the sand grains are very specific, and they can't be too coarse or fine, and must be the correct shape to be used in Western North Dakota.

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