Novelist Drills for Critical Thinking in Sand Fracking Debate in New Book

Sep 18, 2014

"The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County" by Jerry Apps is available i bookstores now.
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Environmental issues have stirred up many emotions throughout the years. Global warming, rainforest preservation, and oil drilling, to name a few.

One issue in particular has effected Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota: sand fracking, a method of drilling for natural gas.

Those who are in favor of the method are in favor of the jobs it creates and the access to a natural resource. Those who are against the method do not support what it does to the natural landscape.

Jerry Apps, a former agricultural extension agent and current professor emeritus, has written about the many perspectives to sand fracking in his newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. The book is the sixth in his Ames County series and shines light on what happens within the fictional town of Link Lake when sand fracking becomes a reality.

The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County was released today. Apps spoke with Lake Effect’s Eleanor Peterson by phone.