South Dakota and fracking

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{{#badges: FrackSwarm|Navbar-fracking}} In 2014 South Dakota produced 179,800 barrels (7.5 million gallons) of crude oil. However, currently there are no fracking operations taking place in South Dakota.[1]


Denver-based South Dakota Proppants (SDP) plans to develop a mine on federal lands in southwestern South Dakota. A mine could be twenty miles west of Hill City in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. It is slated to be used for sand for hydraulic fracturing oil/natural gas production in the Williston Basin in North Dakota and the Julesburg Basin in Colorado. Coveted is the sandstone formation with a thick silica. [2]

In 2014 the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources published a study concluding that the state's grains do not meet the standards of American Petroleum Institute (API) for proppant sand that could be used for hydraulic fracturing. The company states they will still pursue building the mine.[3]


South Dakota Proppants, LLC, a fracsand company based in South Dakota, is reported as building the state's first silica mine under a sprawling 960-acre site in the state's largest forest, Black Hills.[4]

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  1. U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Petroleum & Other Liquids,", Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  2. Kevin Woster, "Hill City Area Mine Tabbed for Fracking-Sand Production," Oct. 21, 2014.
  3. Richard Nemec, "Richard Nemec," June 6, 2014.
  4. "Frac Sand Boom: South Dakota Is Latest State to Try to Cash In" Zahra Hirji, InsideClimate News, June 26, 2014.

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