Nebraska and fracking
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In July 2012 it was reported that gas exploration in Nebraska was booming. In southern Sioux County in northwest Nebraska, drilling rigs have entered the area in growing numbers. The area is just east of Wyoming’s Goshen County. There has been a spike of oil and gas leases in southern and central Sioux County over the past couple of years, said William Sydow, the director of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
As of July 2012 Fidelity Exploration and Production drilled one oil well in the far south end of the county, and said it has plans for developing two more wells before the end of 2012.
The rise of hydraulic fracturing to enhance oil and natural gas production also boosted the demand for sand to act as a proppant to prop open shale formations.
The city of Genoa in Nance County is home to a plant that ships sand for hydraulic fracturing. From 2011 to 2014 sand production was at one million tons. The fall of oil prices in 2015 has prompted layoffs in several Nebraska frack sand companies.
A waste disposal project outside Mitchell in Sioux County could receive up to 80 trucks of waste daiy.  Terex Energy Corporation will inject waste underground from fracking operations from nearby states.
Legislative issues and regulations
- "Across Nebrasaka border, oil hunt begins" Tribe.com, July 15, 2012.
- "Sand industry — including Nebraska plant — feels the pain as oil prices drop" By Cole Epley, World-Herald, October 23, 2015.
- "Fracking wastewater well application approved Oil and Gas Conservation Commission gives green light to project" KOTA News, April 22, 2015.
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