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Frac-sand mining opponents attending Minnesota "citizen's summit"

WINONA, MN (WTAQ) - Opponents of frac-sand mining plan to attend a "citizen's summit" Saturday just across the Wisconsin border in Winona Minnesota.  

Crispin Pierce, who heads the environmental public health program at UW-Eau Claire, will be among the speakers. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency commissioner John Linc Stine is also scheduled to appear.  

The Land Stewardship Project is sponsoring the day long summit at Winona State University.  

Over 110 frac-sand mines have popped up in Wisconsin in recent years, as oil and gas drillers found that the region's fine silica sand is perfect to help lubricate their machinery.  

Critics say the industry is raising environmental and health concerns in rural areas -- although the Wisconsin DNR has denied that after extensive studies. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)