Frac Sand

## **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](wiki/wisconsin) | 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](/wiki/pm) | 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: [notes:frac-sand] ***** #### Outline of Wiki Documents [Background Information]( [People and Places](wiki/wisconsin) [Particulate Matter Monitoring](/wiki/pm) - [Silica dust]( - [Regulations on PM Monitoring]( - [Collecting Data on Particulate Matter]( - [Visual monitoring](/wiki/visual-pm) - [Filter-based monitoring](/wiki/filter-pm) - [Optical monitoring](/wiki/optical-pm) - [Passive monitoring](/wiki/passive-pm) - [Public Lab PM monitoring tool development](/wiki/pm-dev) - [Passive monitoring tool]( [Advocacy Leverage Points]( - [Frac Sand Legislation]( [Action Oriented Resources]( - [Identify Advocacy Pathways Workshop]( - [Start your own Environmental Monitoring Study]( - [Strategize a media campaign]( **** ####Research in progress and Wikis Related to: [Silica](, [Particulate Matter](, [Passive-pm monitoring](, [Wisconsin](

Author Comment Last activity Moderation
gretchengehrke "Please post pictures in the comment section that are good example photos. I intend to put this information into a wiki page soon, and would love t..." | Read more » about 8 years ago
mathew "further followup on analysis of samples. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "read my follow-up on imaging the samples " | Read more » over 8 years ago
bareczek "interesting " | Read more » over 8 years ago
mathew "awesome! " | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Hey @mathew - wrote up a driver for the Dylos - it was very simple, just listening and it returns "0,0" every so often. If there's a manual or some..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "And taking note that for the Thermofisher and the Speck, we're only doing spot readings, not averages. This should change:" | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "And the Speck too: now running. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Note that I did not zero out the TF, and the vertical scales are wrong. Just very very early testing of the drivers. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "And over a longer period -- 2/3 of the way through, i lit a piece of paper on fire. " | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Thermofisher working! and Leavin..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Mathew also did some good research on the ThermoFisher PDR-1500" | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "We now have live graphs from it -- looking good! " | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Here's some data from the Shinyei. We're still interpreting this: " | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "Finishd the OPK Firmata CLI for one-pin readings: @rjstatic and @donblair - pretty useful; basically ..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "So, today I wrote an OPK driver using the Firmata Node library to access an Arduino over the Firmata firmware, but we discovered that the Shinyei n..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
warren "@mathew sez: Node.js interface for the Speck: node.js interface for SHT15 on Raspberry Pi htt..." | Read more » over 8 years ago
marlokeno ""Markdown" I'm wondering if silica can be separated from other micro or nano-particulates by dissolving all particles in a solution or series of so..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
marlokeno "Markdown stray related concern: I remember reading-sorry I can't remember the source-that some pharmaceutical companies were attaching the pharma m..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
mathew "That candle protector is a great way to picture how this sensor works! I think the tiny grate on top of the sensor itself does something similar. ..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
mathew "I'm pretty worried about those particles too. I think we would need an electron microscope to measure them though-- that's a pretty big barrier to..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
marlokeno "Markdown In order to measure particles in sand mine areas of W. Wisconsin/ SE Minn., I noticed from a google/NASA map today that average wind spee..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
marlokeno "2 I am concerned about sub 2.5 micron particles of silica, particles the size of nanoparticles or close to it. Here's a reference to nanotech expo..." | Read more » about 9 years ago
marlokeno "Great work, Matthew, and great job leading dusthack in Menomonie. I'm concerned that the chair of the geology dept. at UW-Eau Claire is claiming t..." | Read more » about 9 years ago