The sleeping giant that is Sargent Sands has woken up. Holding on to its 400 acres between the state park and Piney Ridge road, the company has owned its ancient mining permits since the 1930s. The sand selling company has been running 24 hour operations for at least the past year. Truckload upon truckload of sand dune is shipped to undisclosed businesses. The company is remaining tight lipped on who they are selling sand to. Some speculate the sand is used for hydraulic fracking while others say it's for the foundry industry.
Sargent Sands says everything they are doing is legal. They own the land outright so they are working with local agencies to work within the confines of the law. This can be surprising to some considering the value of irreplaceable lakeside dunes. Local residence are complaining about the noisy 24 hour mining operation. The appearance of the dune area are now developing into larger and larger man made lakes due to the mining and the lakes are only expected to get bigger.
Special thanks to Interlochen Public Radio for breaking this story.