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Assistant professor to speak at UW-Madison on frac sand mining

November 12, 2012

Thomas Pearson, assistant professor of social science at UW-Stout, is one of the scheduled speakers Tuesday at UW-Madison for the Nelson Institute Community Environmental Forum on frac sand mining.

The forum will be from 5:30-7 p.m. in room 1106 of the Mechanical Engineering Building, 1513 University Ave., Madison. The title is “The Impact of Frac Sand Mining in Wisconsin.”

Thomas PearsonPearson will discuss four key points:

•   The role and importance of grassroots, community organizing in response to frac sand mining

•   The differing language, values and meanings used by concerned citizens and by industry to frame our understanding of the issues and of what's at stake

•   Why some people distrust frac sand companies

•   The implications of these emerging environmental conflicts for local democracy and community development.

For more information on Pearson’s perspectives, go to his blog.

Other speakers on the panel are Rich Budinger, president of the Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association; Michael Parsen, hydrogeologist, Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey; and Kate Prengaman, reporter for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

The forum is the second of three on frac sand mining at UW-Madison. The final event, “The Economics of Fracking: Will Cheaper Natural Gas Help or Harm the Climate?” will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the same time and place.

The forums are free and open to the public. For more information go here.


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