Wood County becoming popular for frac-sand mining

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) -- Wood County officials say fracking has become big business in the area, and they're fielding calls from all over the country from companies that want permits to mine the local sand.

A Daily Tribune Media report says the number of permit applications has remained fairly constant -- between three and five since 2010. But what's changed is the size of the sand pits.

Tracy Arnold is the director for the county's land conservation program. She says before 2010, the largest sand pit in the county was 65 acres. Now they're as large as 180 acres.

Lance Pliml is the chairman of the county board. He acknowledges that some locals are concerned about frac-sand mining, but he says it's not as invasive a process as some people feared.

AP-WF-08-17-13 2144GMT

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