Frac Sand Industry Protest
Opponents of the frac sand industry will rally outside a conference on silica sand mining.
Starting Monday, the University of Minnesota-Duluth’s Precambrian Research Center is hosting a three-day conference at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. People at The Conference on the Silica Sand Resources of Minnesota and Wisconsin will discuss frac sand issues, such as air quality and ground water protection.
Hydraulic fracturing is a process used to crack open shale rock to release oil and gas. Opponents say this kind of mining causes environmental, health, and safety concerns.
Protestors say they will arrive at the Heritage Center at 4:30 p.m. Monday. It is at 6155 Earle Brown Drive. People are also being bussed in from southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
At the conference, Stephen Brand is the keynote speaker Monday night. He was vice president of technology and development for ConocoPhillips, but retired.