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Frac Sand

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Industrial Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin: Resources for Environmental Monitoring and Advocacy

This page is an introduction to frac sand issues and airborne particles, aimed at connecting concerned community groups, hardware developers, and scientists. You will find resources to:

  • connect with projects and people facing frac sand issues and particle pollution
  • learn about particle pollution, health, and regulations
  • explore options for addressing frac sand mining in your community

Table of Contents

Frac Sand Mining
Background Information | This page gives information about the history of frac sand mining, what it is, what it is used for, and the environmental and human health concerns that surround it.
People and Places | The first permitting for Frac Sand mining in Wisconsin started in late 2006 (Pearson, 2015). Since then, thousands of people have participated in the fight against the frac sand mining industry's negative effects. Learn more about the groups involved and what they are doing on the Wisconsin wiki page.
Particulate Matter Monitoring | The PM Monitoring wiki includes information that explains how particles form in the air, how they affect human health, how they are regulated, and how they can be monitored. The wiki delves deep into different ways particles form with a focus on nonmetallic mining and silica dust.
Advocacy Leverage Points | This wiki discusses regulations surrounding frac sand mining and highlights local government leverage points towns and community groups can use to address frac sand issues. From here you can also link to the Frac Sand Legislation wiki, which discusses national and state regulations and legislation related to air quality that are particularly relevant to frac sand issues.
Action Oriented Resources | The Action Oriented Resources wiki compiles many tools people can use in addressing frac sand issues. There are workshops on selecting advocacy strategies, guidelines for setting up an environmental monitoring program, resources for working with the media, tools for reporting pollution and contact information for state and county regulators.

Recent activity related to frac sand mining:

Title Author Updated Likes
Are there any methods to distinguish where particulate matter in the air comes from? @stevie over 2 years ago
Public Lab Community Newsletter: April 2017 @klie over 2 years ago
Practicing a PM hotspot survey in New Auburn, WI @mathew over 2 years ago
Raspberry Pi problems @bkleist over 2 years ago
Site Survey for a Minivol @mathew over 2 years ago
Frac sand hotspot testing and site survey @stevie over 2 years ago
Can the New Auburn, WI Recreation Area be used to identify downwind dust from Great Northern Sand? @mathew over 2 years ago
EPA Method 22: Visual Determination of Fugitive Emissions @gretchengehrke over 2 years ago
Can PM4 be monitored with the MiniVol? @mathew over 2 years ago
What procedure is best to determine background airborne silica levels? @mathew over 2 years ago
Photo Documentation of Frac Sand Mine Surface Water Spills @mlamadrid over 2 years ago
Can a passive dust monitoring housing be made from a cheaper/easier material? @warren almost 3 years ago
A month in the field and nothing to show @bkleist almost 3 years ago
Sizing particles in microscope images at Portland Science Hackday @mathew almost 3 years ago
Is CALPUFF a good air quality modeling tool @marlokeno about 3 years ago
Silica (frac) Sand Research @bkleist about 3 years ago
Calibrating a Microscope @mathew about 3 years ago
OpenFlexure Microscope: high-resolution assembly @mathew about 3 years ago
Sample prep for Passive Particle Monitors @mathew about 3 years ago
Documenting Runoff with Photography @mlamadrid about 3 years ago
Local Knowledge and Aerial Imagery @mlamadrid about 3 years ago
Using Photographs in Fighting Mining Companies @mlamadrid about 3 years ago
Visual reporting on air quality: EPA method 9 @mlamadrid about 3 years ago
Passive Particle Monitors @mlamadrid about 3 years ago
Interview with Pat Popple @mlamadrid about 3 years ago
History of Community Air Monitoring in Western Wisconsin @mlamadrid about 3 years ago
What happens when the mining stops? Focus on Reclamation @mlamadrid about 3 years ago
Report out: Eau Claire event @stevie over 3 years ago
Mapping dust hotspots with low-cost monitors @mathew over 3 years ago
Automating Passive Particle Monitor Analysis @mathew over 3 years ago
Frac Sand Mining: The community fight @stevie over 3 years ago
A proposal for a way to remediate indoor silica dust @marlokeno over 3 years ago
Passive Particle Monitor Deployments: feedback @mathew over 3 years ago
Photo Documentation of Turbid Waters for Advocacy @gretchengehrke about 4 years ago
analyzing passive monitors @mathew about 4 years ago
Optical Imaging of Passive Particle Monitors @mathew about 4 years ago
Replicating a Passive Dust Monitor & Method @mathew about 4 years ago
Mapping in Crawford County, WI @stevie about 4 years ago
Frac Sand Tools for Action: Event report out @stevie about 4 years ago
Plan for recording Shinyei optical sensors using Open Pipe Kit @mathew over 4 years ago
The DustHack Report @stevie almost 5 years ago
Frac Sand in 10 minutes @mathew almost 5 years ago
Low-cost passive aerosol monitors @mathew about 5 years ago
Off-wind kite flying & Redstone Rigging in Augusta, WI @mathew about 5 years ago
Midwestern Frac Sand Deposits, Aquifers, & Rivers @mathew over 5 years ago
Frac Sand Frisbee- Maps against Mines @mathew over 5 years ago
Frac Sand mining- polar light microscopy? @mathew over 5 years ago
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Outline of Wiki Documents

Background Information
People and Places
Particulate Matter Monitoring

Advocacy Leverage Points

Action Oriented Resources

Research in progress and Wikis

Related to: Silica, Particulate Matter, Passive-pm monitoring, Wisconsin.