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Thomas Pearson
Cultural anthropologist and assistant professor in the department of social sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Stout
Cultural anthropologist and assistant professor in the department of social sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Stout
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Winona County, MN, frac sand ban
Even with the recent lull in the regional frac sand market , Winona County, in Minnesota, recently adopted an ordinance that bans further development of industrial sand mining operations. Karen Zamora and Josephine Marcotty, " Winona County passes frac sand...

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Sand Mines Reopening
Here's another report from last week on the expected rebound of demand for frac sand. According to the article, "Wisconsin frac sand producers say they are poised for another sand boom after an agonizing two-year lull." Some industry folk anticipate returni...

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Signs of a come back?
Stock for frac sand companies appears to have risen in value following indications that OPEC intends to cut production, thereby triggering increased demand for U.S. fracking. Is this the dawn of a new phase of frac sand mining development in Wisconsin?  As ...

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Save the Hills Alliance, Annual Meeting - Oct. 29, 2016
Fifth Annual Meeting Event Announcement   Sat., October 29, 2016 1 :00 p.m. to  3:30 p.m.   Veteran's Center - Menomonie, WI Save The Hills Alliance, Inc. - FLYER ATTACHED This year's program will concentrate on the social impacts of frac sand mining and ...

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Frac Sand Mining and the Disruption of Place, Landscape, and Community in Wisconsin
I'm very pleased to share an article which was just published by Human Organization , a peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology. The article is based on in-depth interviews and examines the impact of frac sand mining on people's sense ...

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Health Impact Assessment
The Institute for Wisconsin's Health, Inc. (IWHI), a non-profit, recently released a " Health Impact Assessment of Industrial Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin ." The report was produced in collaboration with 15 local and tribal health departments and summar...

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Save the Hills Alliance: Event on Reclamation
Perspectives on Prairie, Forest, and Farmland Reclamation, Restoration, and Mitigation Saturday, November 7, 2015  –  1:00 p.m.  to  4:00 p.m. Veteran’s Center of Menomonie E4710 Co. Rd. BB, Menomonie, WI (1 mile North of I-94 on State Hwy. 25) Speaker,  Da...

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What's $80,000 to a frac sand mine?
For some it's a house. For others it's a car, or two. Or maybe student loan debt. For some frac sand mines, it's a few hours, if that. Last month Alpine Sand, operating near Arcadia, in Trempealeau County, was fined $80,000 for violating storm water laws . ...

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Flying Kites and Photographing Mines with Public Lab
Last month we flew a kite and took aerial photographs of the Hi-Crush frac sand operation in Augusta, WI, using techniques developed by Public Lab . The Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab) is a community -- supported by a 501(c)3 ...

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Resources for Understanding SB 632 / AB 816
State lawmakers are once again discussing a proposed bill that would restrict local regulation of frac sand mining. On February 26, Senator Tiffany and Representative Ballweg introduced Senate Bill 632 and Assembly Bill 816, which would restrict local gover...
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