Dr. Thomas Power (Power Consulting & University of Montana) and Tom Quinn (Wisconsin Farmers Union)
The Wisconsin Farmers Union, Wisconsin Towns Association and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) hosted Dr. Thomas Power, mining expert and principle author of The Economic Benefits and Costs of Frac-Sand Mining in West Central Wisconsin, to review the findings of his first-of-its kind report on the economic realities of frac sand mining in Wisconsin. The report was commissioned by Wisconsin Farmers Union, the Wisconsin Towns Association and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).
Dr. Power will focus on how frac sand mining affects communities, the economy and rural livelihoods and outline a series of questions that communities need to have answers for when assessing the cost and benefits of frac sand mining.
Dr. Thomas Power, Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at the University of Montana, has a long history of research on the economics of the mining industry.