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Fracking lecture explores link to silica sand mining

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Hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas doesn’t have a presence in the state, but the impact of fracking is felt locally with the debate over silica mining in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.


Water and air contamination linked to fracking, as well as related concerns over the extraction of silica sand used in the mining process, was the topic of a lecture and panel discussion Thursday night at the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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