By now we are all aware that the fox is in charge of the hen house in Wisconsin’s DNR. There is no question that the advance of the frac sand industry in Wisconsin has been irresponsible and rapacious . Senator Tom Tiffany has promised to reintroduce a bill in early 2014 to take away local governmental control over frac sand mining (and manure spreading, water, and more).
It falls upon us to restore sensible protection of our disappearing environment. I have personally resolved to apply focus on the issues of frac sand mining and Wisconsin’s environment in the year 2014. I hope you will consider joining me in my resolution. I hope you will consider attending this important summit.
Sincerely, Blue Cheddar
Frac Sand Citizens’ Summit
Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Tau Center in Winona, Minnesota at Winona State
From the Land Stewardship Project web site:
“Topics and workshops include: Frac sand mining’s impact on farmland (“Farmland, not Frac Sand!”), frac sand mining’s role in extreme energy extraction, ensuring that state regulations put public health and well-being before corporate profits, understanding the threat to human health from exposure to silica dust, using township rights to control frac sand mining, and more.”
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the cost is only $10 which is payable at the door and includes a lunch of local foods.
“Featured speakers include:
- John Linc Stine, Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Previously he served as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health where he oversaw public health emergency preparedness, environmental health, infectious disease prevention/control and the public health laboratory functions. He worked for 25 years with the Department of Natural Resources as a hydrologist and administrator specializing in shore land, flood plain, and wild and scenic river programs, water resource management and regulation.
- Dr. Michael McCawley of the School of Public Health at West Virginia University is a leading expert on ambient air quality monitoring and assessing risk to human health. McCawley spent 27 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studying miners’ health, occupational respiratory disease, aerosol measurement and ultrafine particles. Recently, he has been working on issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling and mountain top mining.
- Dr. Crispin Pierce is an Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Public Health Program at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and is doing particulate and silica health research related to frac sand mining, processing and transportation.
- Jennifer Krill, Executive Director of EarthWorks, which acts to protect communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions.”