Posted 12 months ago
By John Axtell
Silica sands are used in fracking – hydraulic fracturing, which pumps water, minerals and chemicals into shale oil and gas formations at high pressure to open up the deposits for easier extraction.
If Cambrian Enterprises mines those claims, South Dakota will be the westernmost producer of silica sands in the U-S and the closest to the nation’s largest silica sand consumers, the Bakken and Three Forks oil fields.
Co-owner David Ganje says the company researched and reviewed the potential for silica sands in western South Dakota for roughly a year before settling on the claims in Custer, Lawrence and Pennington counties