John Fontenot, spokesman for Stag Liuzza, said the problems come not only from the noise and vibrations, but especially from the dust that creates what is known as “silica” particles that float through the air.

“This kind of operation creates a lot of dust and what is known as particulate. There are federal standards for how much of that can be allowed into the air,” he said. “Some of it can be inhaled and leads to a serious disease called silicosis.”

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