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March 8, 2012

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Karl Green, community natural resources and community development educator with the La Crosse County University of Wisconsin Extension Office, will present “Frac Sand Mining in the Driftless Region” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21 in the Viterbo University Reinhart Center room 107.

Green’s presentation will give a geologic overview of where frac sands are found in the Coulee Region, as well as the practical issues that may be faced by local governments when a sand mine is proposed.

Having grains of ideal size, shape, strength, and purity, “frac sand” is needed by drilling companies to release underground natural gas and oil in the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Nearly 75 percent of frac sand comes from the Midwest, from where it is shipped to Texas, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania.

Many counties and municipalities in Wisconsin and Minnesota have established moratoriums on mining activity and are seeking additional information about the environmental consequences of frac sand operations.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required, but seating is limited. It is co-sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Center for Ethics in Leadership at Viterbo University and by the Coulee Region Chapter of Trout Unlimited.


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