Frac Sand Mining - Sierra ClubOur nation is experiencing a rush of oil and gas drilling—a rush largely brought about by the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Fracking involves pumping water, sand, and a chemical cocktail deep underground, to create cracks in shale formations and release the natural gas trapped inside.hydrosizer sand mining water volume,Digging Deeper on Frac Sand Mining - The Iowa Policy ProjectJan 30, 2014 . quantity, transportation, tourism, and general aesthetics. Their voices will be heard not just locally, but likely in state legislative chambers as well. To inform this emerging debate, this paper describes the potential water quantity and quality impacts of frac sand mining in northeast Iowa beginning with a brief.