Sand Is Big Business in This Industry

Fracking is good news for sand companies: Energy businesses buy millions of pounds of sand to pump into oil wells in order to hold open rock fissures and get to natural gas and crude.

In this video, Fool contributor Tyler Crowe and energy and materials analyst Joel South talk about the huge sand boom -- according to The Wall Street Journal, U.S. Silica's  (NYSE: SLCA  ) sales alone were up 45% year over year -- and fracking trends in general, including alternative and ceramic proppants. 

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Video segment starts at 6:46
 


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