GLENDO – Platte County may not be sitting on a gold mine, but silica is another story.
A land researcher based in Massachusetts is seeking funding for research in potentially developing a silica mining industry based on a significant deposit near Glendo.
Researcher James Goodrich, of Goodrich Land Research, LLC., who is a native of Colorado, said a 1988 geological survey indicated an area in northern Platte County was home of more than 17 to 25 million tons of recoverable silica sand, which could have several uses if refined, including additives in paint, glass, solar panels and much more. Goodrich did note, however, the sand was the wrong grain size and shape to use it for hydraulic fracturing, commonly used in the area to harvest oil through horizontal wells.
Goodrich said the potential for Platte County’s deposit could possibly fuel an industry for decades.
The project is very much still in its infancy, but Goodrich hopes also to utilize the inexpensive natural gas in Wyoming in a refining process that’s not only potentially more “green,” but could allow Wyoming to produce more refined, complete products from the metal.
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