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Letter: The price of sand just climbed a lot higher

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Two factors will be driving ever greater intensification of frac sand mining pressures in our beautiful river valley:

• The price of natural gas is projected to rise again, due to decline rates of shale gas fields, the switch of vehicles to natural gas and offshore shipments of liquified natural gas.

• Estimates of the oil and gas reserves available in the Great Plains shale have just doubled, and our frac sand is right next door.

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