The frac sand located in our area commands top dollar because its qualities make it the best in the world for fracking.
Neighbors in Hay Creek Township outside Red Wing were perplexed, then suspicious, early in 2011 when an Oklahoma oil company bought land adjacent to them, paying far more than market value. Soon it was clear that the “gold-rush” for frac sand -- which had already begun in Wisconsin -- had jumped across the Mississippi River and come to their neighborhood. As these neighbors soon learned, the company was planning an open pit frac sand mine.
One of those neighbors was the mother of filmmaker Jim Tittle, and he then began to investigate. The stories Tittle heard from people living near frac sand mines, as he interviewed them on-camera, concerned him.
The Price of Sand is the feature-length documentary film that grew out of those initial interviews. The film focuses on Wisconsin and includes Minnesota and Iowa. Winona’s Frozen River Film Festival showed a rough-cut “preview” of the movie in January and, after extensive editing, Tittle’s completed film premiered at the Minneapolis International Film Festival in April.
The Price of Sand will be shown this Tuesday, June 11, at Winona State University in SLC 120, the science building. Turn off Huff onto Sanborn (8th) St, and the building’s entrance is at the end of that block.
The event is free and open to the public. Suggested donations of $5 will be gratefully accepted, according to the event’s organizers, who have invited all public officials in the county and city to attend. They encourage curious residents and those who saw the preview in January to come see the final version, which Tittle says is different from the preview version.
Winona Area Citizens Concerned about Silica Mining (CASM), the Will Dilg Chapter of the Izaak Walton League, and Minnesota Trout Unlimited are co-sponsoring the event.
For more information and directions to The Price of Sand Tuesday evening, see www.sandpointtimes.com or contact Steve Schild at 507-454-7042 or 507-450-8753.
Fountain City film
The film will also be shown Friday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fountain City Auditorium (Main Street and Hwy. 95) Fountain City, Wis. A segment of the film was shot at the marathon Board of Adjustment meeting in Alma last summer. Discussion to follow. Light refreshments.