A public forum on the impacts of frac (silica) sand mining in Wabasha County and the surrounding area will be the presented on Saturday, March 31st from 1-3:30PM at Lincoln High School, 300 S. Garden St., in Lake City. The forum is being sponsored by the local Frac Sand Mining Study Group. Presenters at the forum will be discussing the specifics of frac, or silica, sand, as well as information concerning what local residents and county municipalities are doing, and can do, to reduce the potential negative impacts of sand mining in our area. If you have heard of fracking and sand mining but you want to know why SE Minnesota and SW Wisconsin are being inundated with silica sand mining developers and what the repercussions of this mining in our area might be, plan to attend the forum.
Included in the presentation on March 31st will be information about the local ordinances that pertain to mining and whether they are up to the challenge of protecting our local communities and residents from the potential impacts that this type of mining can present – including health and environmental concerns, as well as strains on local infrastructures such as property taxes and road usage. Presenters include, Tony Runkel, geologist from the University of Minnesota and contributor to the Minnesota Geological Survey, attorney David Williams from Fillmore county, Mike Michaud, a resident of the of Maiden Rock, WI, engineer, Sig Anderson of Lake City and farmer and retired DNR employee Larry Gates, of rural Kellogg.
So if you have heard about frac sand but want to know more, please join us on Saturday, March 31st for this citizen sponsored forum that will provide you with information about this important, impending issue and how it can affect you and our area here in SE Minnesota.