New Federal Sand Dust Rules Affect NatGas Drillers This Year

One of the primary ingredients in fracking is sand–a special kind of very fine sand called silica. When silica gets airborne and into a person’s lungs, it’s not good news. Silica behaves like asbestos, with the potential to cause lung cancer. The shale industry is keenly aware of it and takes steps to ensure workers are not exposed. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed a new rule for respirable silica (tiny tiny sand) that will go into effect for the shale industry in June of this year. We have the details below…

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