Local tycoon Lee Pfluger owns Southwest Orient Properties LLC, the company installing a frac sand offloading facility in downtown San Angelo. City Councilwoman Elizabeth Grindstaff helps rail oriented businesses find property and get established in our area. The WSJ had this to offer about frac sand offloading in Barnhart:
When the wind blows from the south, unloading the tiny pebbles used in fracking can create small sandstorms that reach the few houses nearby.
San Angelo has more than a few houses nearby. I heard an employee of the town of Big Lake talk about frac sand this morning. They said it was from one end of town to the other. This happened after offloaders promised it would be safely handled and spread would be minimal.
Longtime local leaders are behind the location and operation of San Angelo's new frac sand plant. Citizens should remember their names should San Angelo's experience mimic Big Lake's.