Full Court Press on Frac Sand Before MN Senate Floor Vote Later This Week

Update & Action to Take on the Push to Win State Regulation of Frac Sand Mining

A bus from southeast Minnesota brought a crowd up to the Capitol today as part of our push to win the upcoming Senate floor vote on regulating the frac sand industry. Over 50 people were there at the press conference where we were joined by Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr to support provisions to protect southeast Minnesota’s trout streams from frac sand mining. (Details on the provisoins are in the action alert below.)

At the event, LSP member Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer of Houston County made a powerful statement about what is at stake. She began by saying, “My great-great-grandfather moved to Houston County at the end of the Civil War in 1865. I am blessed to be…living on part of our family’s Century Farm, between Houston and Money Creek. All my siblings are farmers in Houston County.” Read her full statement HERE.

Constituents of Sen. Jeremy Miller of Winona delivered him an over-sized postcard that read in part, “..we were shocked at your vote to kill common-sense provisions to protect trout streams from the frac sand mining industry. The frac sand industry threatens our water, our air, our natural resources, our roads and our economy…We are calling on you to start putting the well-being of the citizens of your district above frac sand special interests.”

Here is what you can do NOW to help in this final push. The vote on the Senate floor will happen any day now, very likely this week:

1. The frac sand documentary bking. Contact information for state Representatives and Senators is HERE.

2. When you call your state Senator about the Price of Sand showing, give them the message below about the details and importance of this upcoming vote. These calls are making a difference. The message is HERE.

3. Volunteer for our phone bank this Wednesday, May 8, from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at our Lewiston and Minneapolis offices. We will be calling Land Stewardship Project members from around the state and encouraging them to contact their legislators. Contact Bobby King atbking or 612-722-6377 to sign up for this.

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