Usable oil sands have been found in North Dakota and can cut down some of the costs that oil companies are facing at a time when money is getting tight.
North Dakota geologists have found usable sand in the dunes of Mercer and McHenry counties, but this isn’t for laying on at the beach.
Oil producers need this specialized sand for the fracking process. It needs to have a high percentage of quartz, and this material has up to 80% of the mineral.
“It’s encouraging that the sands that we’ve been investigating are favorable for use as proppant sand,” said Fred Anderson, NDGS.