Presentation Title: Frac Sand Mining and the Potential for Groundwater Contamination in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin

Section: The Life Aquatic I

Location: , 104

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 10:15am - 10:30am


As hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is experiencing a boom in many parts of the US, a growing industry in Wisconsin intends to supply the silica sand needed by the extraction industry. Injected into the ground to extract natural gas, this silica sand can be found in large quantities in western Wisconsin, where a burgeoning mining industry has appeared in response to demand for this “frac sand.”  However, despite the potential for new jobs, environmental advocates are examining the frac sand mines to assess the likelihood of groundwater contamination as a result of the extraction industry. The central question I address is whether frac sand mining in western Wisconsin will cause chemicals, mostly acrylamides, used as flocculants during the mining process to negatively impact the water quality and safety in Trempealeau County, with special attention to Arcadia, a small town located on the Trempealeau River.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Geology

Presentation Topic: Environment

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Flaherty, Joseph Thomas
Major(s): History, Political Science
Class Year(s): 2015

Sponsor(s): Amidon, William H.
Dept(s): Geology

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