The summit will bring citizens from around the region together to share strategy, learn from experts as well as each other and strengthen the movement to keep frac sand mining from destroying our communities.
Topics and workshops include: Frac sand mining’s impact on farmland ("Farmland, not Frac Sand!"), frac sand mining’s role in extreme energy extraction, ensuring that state regulations put public health and well-being before corporate profits, understanding the threat to human health from exposure to silica dust, using township rights to control frac sand mining, and more.
Volunteers needed both at the event and at LSP's Minneapolis office to help prepare: We need help with getting materials ready, processing RSVPs, working sign-in tables at the event, handing out programs and materials, and more. If you can volunteer e-mail LSP's Bobby King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have ideas for topics or workshops that you think should be included in the Summit, contact Bobby King at email@example.com or 612-722-6377.
Featured speakers include:
John Linc Stine, Commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Previously he served as Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Department of Health where he oversaw public health emergency preparedness, environmental health, infectious disease prevention/control and the public health laboratory functions. He worked for 25 years with the Department of Natural Resources as a hydrologist and administrator specializing in shore land, flood plain, and wild and scenic river programs, water resource management and regulation.
Dr. Michael McCawley of the School of Public Health at West Virginia University is a leading expert on ambient air quality monitoring and assessing risk to human health. McCawley spent 27 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studying miners’ health, occupational respiratory disease, aerosol measurement and ultrafine particles. Recently, he has been working on issues related to Marcellus Shale drilling and mountain top mining.
Dr. Crispin Pierce is an Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Public Health Program at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and is doing particulate and silica health research related to frac sand mining, processing and transportation.
Jennifer Krill, Executive Director of EarthWorks, which acts to protect communities and the environment from the impacts of irresponsible mineral and energy development while seeking sustainable solutions.
Directions to Tau Center (Hilbert St, Winona): From Hwy 14/ 61 in Winona turn east onto Gillmore Avenue. Take a left onto Vila St. Take the second left onto 10th St. Take the next left onto Hillbert St. The Tau Center is on the right. A map is available by clicking HERE.
511 Hilbert St
Winona, MN 55987
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