La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ---- We've heard numerous debates about the dangers of frac sand mining especially as it relates to health and environmental impact. But a clinical Psychologist and retired Lutheran Pastor is hosting a forum tonight to discuss if Frac Sand mining is the right thing to do.
When sand mining companies come to town, it divides communities. Proponents of the frac sand industry say it will create more jobs. Those opposed say it causes serious health issues.
Dr. Donovan Hommen, the featured speaker at tonight's forum in La Crescent says whatever your beliefs there are moral implications of doing nothing. Hommen used maps to illustrate areas where mines are popping up. And with this type of rapid growth and not much regulation, he says the implications could be catastrophic.
Hommen encouraged community members to stay informed and work towards getting ordinances in place to protect people and the environment. Hommen said there are also serious moral implications to sitting back and doing nothing.
"Morality really begins when people look at a situation and say this is what is...and then they ask the question but is this what should be? and can things be different? that really is the source of morality."
Currently there are a over a hundred mines in Wisconsin..that's not counting processing sites. According to Minnesota D-O-T there are around 32 frac sand facilities in the state......11 of which are working mines.
The Midwest is a prime spot for mining companies because the sandstone in the region is perfect for hydraulic fracturing because of its shape, strength and because it won't dissolve during the fracing process
Nearly three-fourths of frac sand comes from the Midwest. It's shipped by rail hundreds of miles to the oil and gas fields of Texas, Pennsylvania and north Dakota
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