Dozens rally outside La Crosse Center against frac sand mining

Dozens gathered outside the La Crosse Center Tuesday for a rally against frac sand mining.

Frac sand mining is the mining of sand, which is used in the fracking process to get oil and natural gas out of the ground.

There are currently regulations in the industry but one rally organizer said they aren’t good enough and that is why they are calling for a ban.

“The experience, especially here in Wisconsin over the last 5-10 years, is that regulation on any level, whether a lot or a little doesn’t seem to work. The mining companies always violate the regulations and they push ahead,” said Ken Tschumper, member of Houston County Protectors.

There may be some obstacles when it comes to completely banning frac sand mining because of state law but one rally goer said it’s time government officials listen to what the people want.

“We need to get out of the habit of begging our elected representatives to enact our will. We need to remind them it is their job to do our will. We are the people in whom all political power is inherent so if we live in a democracy that’s the way it’s got to be. We are not asking for permission, we are telling them the vision that we have for our nation,” said Laila Johnson, an anti-frac sand activist.

Others that News 8 talked to at the rally said they are not against all sand mining because a lot of sand is used in road construction and other industries. They are against the mining of frac sand because that sand is then used for hydraulic fracturing, which they do not support.