Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mayo physician to address frac-sand health concerns

Health concerns related to the mining, transporting and processing of frac sand in and around Winona will be discussed by a Mayo Clinic physician at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, at Saint Mary’s.

Wayne Feyereisn, M.D., an internal medicine specialist and faculty member of the Mayo Medical School, will speak about health concerns related to dust from silica sand and exhaust from heavy volumes of diesel exhaust.

The presentation in Figliulo Recital Hall  is free and open to the public. It will also include discussion of:
•  Likely frac sand truck routes into Winona from mines being considered in Winona, Fillmore and Houston counties;
• The potential concentration of frac sand transport, mining and processing activity within one mile of SMU; and
• An update on the Minnesota Proppant frac-sand facility proposed for St. Charles, Minn., which would, if approved, be the biggest such
facility in the U.S.

Dr. Feyereisn’s presentation is being sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project, Citizens Concerned about Silica Mining (CASM), Concerned Citizens for St. Charles, and Winona’s Will Dilg Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.