AIPG is Hosting Upcoming Seminars Aimed at the Frac Sand Mining Industry.
May 11, 2017 - Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) Nonmetallic Mining Permit Process Seminar, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
May 11, 2017 - Networking Reception, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
May 12, 2017 - Sand Mine Life Cycle Seminar, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
May 13, 2017 - Field Trip - Industrial Sand Resources of West-Central Wisconsin, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Online registration is now available!
GoFundMe “Best 2016 Wisconsin Geoscience Project” Raised $275 for Wisconsin AIPG’s Student Scholarship Fund!
Three companies competed in Wisconsin AIPG’s GoFundMe “Best 2016 Wisconsin Geoscience Project” scholarship fundraiser: Project A – CBI: Geothermal Energy Project on Remediation Site, Project B – Natural Resource Technology: Groundwater Relief System, and Project C - Marek Landscaping LLC: Bluff Stabilization. The votes raised $275 for Wisconsin AIPG’s Student Scholarship Fund!
The final votes were cast on October 31. While each of the 3 projects received many votes of appreciation, the winner was Project B – Natural Resource Technology: Groundwater Relief System! Read More
Get the Facts on Frac Sand from WGNHS
UW Whitewater Student Chapter!
Nature Center’s 4th Annual Student Research Symposium “Connections in
Nature” took place on Saturday, November 8th.
WI AIPG sponsored two student scholarships in the Land and Water
Research presentation session. UW – Milwaukee Geoscience student
James Van Eerden took 2nd place for his presentation titled: “Observing
and Capturing the Lake Michigan Nearshore Ice Complex: The
Development of Photogrammetric Field Methods”. You can read a copy of his abstract here.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Christine Lilek
WI AIPG Secretary Trevor Nobile
Speaks to Students at the AIPG Display Booth
Our Section also provided an AIPG display booth, and three judges for the research presentations.
Next’s year’s Student Research Symposium will again be held at Riveredge Nature Center in Newburg, Wisconsin on the second Saturday of November. We hope to see YOU there!
Well Data Available Online from the DNR!
Geothermal Well Drilling
Wisconsin Counties Association Conference on Mining in Wisconsin - Issues Facing County Government
Thanks to Mike Markgraf of Schmitt Technical Services for this summary.
A series of presentations relating to mining in Wisconsin were presented by several speakers as follows: Tom Woletz of the WI DNR presented an overview of proppant (frac) sand mining in Wisconsin. Mr. Woletz stated that with over 2500 sand mines in Wisconsin over the last 100 years Wisconsin has been designated the third largest producing state for this type of material. The high quality of the mature (500 Ma or older) sandstone deposits of western Wisconsin has contributed to a $540 million dollar industry nationally. The formations of interest include (from youngest to oldest) St. Peter, Jordan, Wonewoc and Mt. Simon sandstones. Younger sandstones are considered too angular and contain mixed mineralogy making them unsuitable for use as potential proppant. Mr. Woletz also spoke about the primary permits needed for sand mining operations in Wisconsin. Dan Masterpole, Chippewa County Conservationist, spoke of the rise of sand mining operations in Chippewa County. In addition Mr. Masterpole discussed how unprepared some counties are and in general a local perspective from dealing with sand mining companies as a county official. Kevin Lien, Director of the Trempealeau County Department of Land Management discussed county permitting processes as related to Trempealeau County. Phillip Fauble, Mining Coordinator for the WI DNR discussed metallic mining including current state regulations and the types of mining proposed in Wisconsin. Vic Ouimette of the Iron County Citizens Mining Advisory Committee discussed the local perspective on jobs and the community. Dave Hintz, Chairman of the Oneida County Board on Mining Oversight also discussed local community perspectives on these issues. To view the PowerPoint Presentations from this conference please visit the Wisconsin Counties Association website.
Find Out About the Proposed NR 700 Changes
Wisconsin Section Newsletter
Wisconsin Section Board Meeting Minutes
The purposes of the Institute shall include:
- advance the geological sciences and the profession of geology;
- establish qualifications for professional geologists;
- certify the qualifications of specific individual Member geologists to the public;
- promote high standards of ethical conduct among its Members and Adjuncts, and within the profession of geology; and
- represent, and advocate for, the geological profession before government and the general public.
For questions regarding AIPG Wisconsin, please call Andy Graham at 608-662-5151.