Frac sand, also known as proppant, is a type of sand that is used in the hydraulic fracturing process to extract oil and natural gas from shale rock formations. The sand is made up of high-purity silica and is specially processed to meet the size and shape specifications required for the fracking process.
The fracking process involves injecting a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals into a well at high pressure to create fractures in the rock formation. The frac sand is used to prop open these fractures, allowing the oil and natural gas to flow out of the well and be collected.
Frac sand is a crucial component of the fracking process, as it helps to increase the flow of oil and natural gas from the well. Without the use of frac sand, the fractures in the rock would quickly close, reducing the flow of oil and natural gas.
Frac sand is typically mined from sandstone formations, such as the St. Peter Sandstone formation and the Jordan Sandstone formation. These formations are known for their high-purity silica content, making them ideal for use in the fracking process.
Frac sand remains a critical component of the oil and natural gas industry, and its use is likely to continue in the future. Find fac sand pits on AggMaps.