Conference on Silica Sand Resources in MN and WI, Oct. 1-3, 2012

Dear Colleague,

As you are no doubt aware, the search for frac sand resources in the Upper Midwest is booming and the purpose of this meeting is to satisfy an urgent need among the public, media, government regulatory agencies, and energy and mineral resource industries for credible information on this topic. 

The conference is being organized by the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Precambrian Research Center and the Twin Cities subsection of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) and is being held in conjunction with the 57th Annual Midwest Groundwater Conference.  The silica sand conference will kick off with a welcoming banquet on Monday evening (10/1) featuring a talk by Dr. Stephen Brand, a former ConocoPhillips VP of Technology and Development, about the technological drivers behind the current domestic boom in oil and gas exploration.  Tuesday will be devoted to a day-long technical session of invited talks providing information on various aspects of silica sand resources, ending with a post-banquet Q&A session. Wednesday will feature a field excursion to mine sites and processing plants of several sand mines in western Wisconsin, as well as several geological sites highlighting the principal silica sand formations.

More information and registration forms can be found at:  Note that students can attend the technical sessions at a reduced rate.