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Fuel Prices Low, But at Cost of US Prime Farmland

Just under the surface of land situated along the Illinois River Valley in the Midwest state of Illinois is a widely used, naturally occurring mineral, which has brought a flurry of interest in property near the home of Utica resident Mary Whipple. "Silica sand right now is the new white gold," Whipple said. And more common than one might think. "Silica sand is in so many things that are used in everyday life that people don't think about," said Nick Fetig,...

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