Canadian Frac Sand Mine Takes Another Step

An Edmonton, Alberta, Canada-based company that wants to establish a frac sand business just west of Marlboro will have to address concerns of local residents before it can get a development permit to proceed, according to the Edson Leader.

SIL Industrial Materials wants a land change designation for its proposed plant west of Marlboro, Alberta, Canada, from forestry district to rural industrial district. But two local residents have concerns.

Company officials and two local residents addressed members of council during a Nov. 24 public hearing.

Lee Aitchison’s family, who has been living on their plot of land for 103 years, lives directly across from the proposed development and his main concern is water.

Lauren Greenhogh, a SIL representative, told Aitchison that water is not used in the frac sand process nor would it be used for dust control. She said calcium chloride and a product called DustNet, a liquid dust suppressant, would primarily be used for road dust control.

A transportation impact assessment is currently being undertaken by Alberta Transportation.