“But Stowe is no beach community, and the sandy deposits on bridges, streets and sidewalks are more than just a gritty inconvenience for those wearing sandals.
“The fine grained sand is the kind used for hydraulic fracturing of shale gas wells, and contains high levels of silica, which is valued by the shale gas industry because of its rounded shape, uniform size and hardness, but poses a potential public health hazard.
“Breathing it can increase the risk of lung cancer or cause silicosis, a disabling, non-reversible and sometimes fatal lung disease.
“‘The sand seems to come and go from roads and sidewalks, and depending on the day it can be all over the bridge and road,’ Mr. Detwiller said. ‘I don’t know how many tons it is, but It either washes away with the rain or blows away in the wind, then gets replenished again.'”
FULL STORY published August 6, 2018 via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette