— The Flynns are weary of bright lights that flood their bedroom each night from a sand mine next door. A second neighboring mine is in the works, and yet another nearby field has just been sold for mining as well.
"I always thought when I died I'd want to be cremated and just thrown around the farm," Cathy Flynn said. "But if everything around me is going to be sand mines anyway, forget it."
This is the other side of the fracking boom. Here, where sand is mined for hydraulic fracturing operations elsewhere in the country, people have two choices: sell or possibly be surrounded by pits.
"You don't want to be an island," said her...