Dr. Donovan Hommen, a retired Lutheran pastor and clinical psychologist from Decorah, will present "Our moralities and frac-sand mining" Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 7-9 p.m. at the La Crescent High School Fine Arts Center in La Crescent, Minn.
"The frac sand mining debate has, so far, focused on issues concerning costs, health and environmental degradation. But an often overlooked but critically important aspect of this divisive issue is simply: Is it the right thing to do?" asked event organizer Michael Fields.
The debate - and reality - of frac-sand mining has divided communities wherever silica sand can be mined. Hommen will help clarify the moral issues presented when communities shift from an agricultural to an industrial base and what people in those communities might consider when ultimately confronted by the issue.
Area clergy have been individually invited to attend and encouraged to make observations or ask questions at the conclusion of Dr. Hommen's remarks.
The event is sponsored by the Houston County Protectors and is free and open to the public.