Fast growth of sand mining is ‘real deal’ after oil bust

Julio Griffin runs a hydro-cannon at the Superior Silica Sands sand mine in Kosse, Texas. Demand for sand is surging as oil and gas production in the Permian Basin is booming again. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

At HoustonChronicle.com, read how the growth of sand mining is opening a new front in the battle between the energy industry and environmentalists.