Dozens rally outside La Crosse Center against frac sand mining

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT- CBS NEWS) - Dozens gathered outside the La Crosse Center Tuesday for a rally against frac sand mining.

Frac sand mining is the mining of sand, which is used in the fracking process to get oil and natural gas out of the ground.

There are currently regulations in the industry but one rally organizer said they aren't good enough and that is why they are calling for a ban.

β€œThe experience, especially here in Wisconsin over the last 5-10 years, is that regulation on any level, whether a lot or a little doesn't seem to work. The mining companies always violate the regulations and they push ahead,” said Ken Tschumper, member of Houston County Protectors.

There may be some obstacles when it comes to completely banning frac sand mining because of state law but one rally goer said it's time government officials listen to what the people want.