From: Mike Kennedy
Board Chair, FRFF
I want to thank the Catholic Workers of Winona for their efforts in public education during their weekend retreat that is encouraging intellectual discussion and reflection on the impacts of frac sand mining. Along with C.A.S.M. (Winona Area Citizens Concerned About Silica Mining) the Catholic Workers Retreat will co-sponsor on Saturday, April 27, Dr. Kelvin Rodolfo, Professor Emeritus with the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago presenting a very pertinent program about sand mining in a karst geology area like our region. His graduate training was in marine geology and “sedimentology” — the study of how sedimentary rocks like limestones and sandstones form. Dr. Rodolfo is an expert in karst geology and a former petroleum exploration geologist. He is very concerned about potential stream and groundwater pollution by frac-sand mining in this Driftless Area of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Illinois. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the St. Mary’s University Campus in Mary’s Hall, 3rd floor, Salvi Lecture Hall. There is no cost to attend; be there early to park in the visitors parking spaces and get to the lecture hall in time for this very informative presentation.
Also be sure to watch for public presentations of the documentary film, “The Price of Sand” directed by Jim Tittle of St. Paul, Minn. His goal of this project was to find the real price of frac sand, not just in dollars, but in friendships, communities and the future of our region. The film was shown in its unfinished form at the Frozen River Film Festival this past January and was a very well attended screening and following interactive discussion with the director. Our hometown film festival continues to bring professional award-winning documentary films to our city that engage, educate and activate our community to become involved in the world. Our collective future depends on it.