A Public Forum on Air Quality Around Frac Sand Mines in WI

Event Dates: 

A Public Forum on PARTICULATE AIR QUALITY AROUND WISCONSIN FRAC SAND MINES will be held at VFW Post 305 located at 1300 Starr Avenue in Eau Claire, WI on June 18th, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by AFSCME, Subchapter 63 and the public is invited to attend.

A message from Dr. Crispin Pierce and his students and interns working with PROJECT: OUTREACH

Come join us for our presentation at the  VFW Post 305 at 1300 Starr Ave in Eau Claire WI

Presentation starts at 10:30am June 18th 2019


We have been measuring air quality around frac sand operations, meeting with community groups, the DNR, academic colleagues, community organizations,such as Save the Hills Foundation, and industry representatives over the last nine years. 

The act of sand mining and processing sand for hydraulic fracturing generates particulate matter that becomes airborne. Our aim is to quantify the risk of ambient exposure to airborne particulates around the industrial silica sand operations so that communities and decision-makers can be well-informed of their air quality. 

It is our hope to address your concerns, to provide our expertise and knowledge of this subject, and to help concerned citizens such as yourselves with community education and interpretation of data from our new Purple Air Monitors. 

For any questions please contact:

Dr. Crispin Pierce:   piercech@uwec.edu   (715) 836 5589

 Dr. Crispin Pierce, a nationally-recognized expert on frac sand health risks and silica dust, is a Professor of Environmental Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He, his interns and students will present information on recent scientific studies regarding respirable crystalline silica dust and the impact on health. The format of the meeting will allow for discussion of the ongoing air quality research being done in several counties in Wisconsin.  Everyone in the county and surrounding counties is invited to attend to hear about the latest issues. A copy of the latest peer reviewed research results found in Chippewa County areas impacted by frac sand mining, processing and trans-load and released last Fall will be distributed.  There will be opportunities for questions and answers. Equipment being used to collect data will be demonstrated.  Other handouts will also be available for participants. Silica sandstone affects about 22 counties in Wisconsin in the NW area so people from Dunn, Barron, Eau Claire, Chippewa, Pierce, Rusk and other locations are highly encouraged to attend to hear about potential health risks that can occur over time. Anyone from out of state is also encouraged and welcome to attend.

You won’t want to miss this event-filled morning.     Feel free to share this information with others. 

Patricia J. Popple-715-723-6398    sunnyday5@charter.net     Frac Sand Sentinel: Project Outreach