Programmers wanted; frac sand mine sneaks into Mo.

Nov 13, 2013

The Summit Proppants mine asked for a permit to mine an area just inside the border of the land it leased.
Credit Courtesy of Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Just like Silicon Valley, there is a shortage of tech talent -- specifically programming talent -- right here in the Midwest. That dearth is the biggest obstacle holding back an emerging field of Midwestern tech startups. KBIA’s Scott Pham reports that one St. Louis native thinks he has an answer.

Also, a controversial new frac sand mine expects to hear soon if its permit has been issued allowing it to set up shop in Ste. Genevieve County. The sand from these types of mines is used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Much of the Ste. Genevieve community is upset with how they say the company essentially snuck in to their backyard. Here is a report I filed on the incident.