Democratic Visions previews a new documentary about the social, economic and environmental impact of the open pit mining of industrial silica sand in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The hour-long film is directed by Minneapolis videographer Jim Tittle whose mother lives near a planned sand mining operation on the outskirts of Red Wing.
The film smartly limits itself to the effects of silica minining operations on rural and small town communities rather than the whole buffet of enviromental and economic woes that the frac oil and naturual gas extraction industry can cause. A larger-scoped project would demand a mini series.
Mr. Tittle’s photography is top drawer and the folks who have lived through, been harmed and benefitted from silica sand mining are compelling and advisory.
“The Price of Sand” premiers on April 22nd at the Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Film Festival and encores at the Riverview Theater on May 1.
The documentary has a home on the internet here.
The disturbing truth about silica sand mining (frac sand mining) is that environmentally essential and agriculturally productive swaths of our country are being scraped and killed so that fossil fuels can be extracted elsewhere enabling our avoidance infected nation to cough out even more greenhouse gases into our impaired atmosphere.
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