Over half of Minnesota voters oppose increased frack sand mining in the state, and 64 percent support a two-year moratorium in southeastern Minnesota while potential environmental impacts are more fully assessed and state regulations are developed.
That's according to a new poll released Monday by the Land Stewardship Project in Lewiston.. The statewide telephone survey was conducted Feb. 4-6 by the bipartisan public opinion team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates and Public Opinion Strategies.
These results came the day before the Land Stewardship Project was set to deliver over 6,000 petition signatures to Governor Mark Dayton calling for a two-year moratorium on frack sand mining in southeast Minnesota.
Gov. Dayton has the authority to enact a regional moratorium through the use of the Critical Areas Act. John Wells, who served as strategic planning director for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board for 25 years, has described how this executive power can be used and why the unique threat posed by frack sand mining in the fragile karst geology of southeast Minnesota warrants using it.
The Land Stewardship Project presented the memo to the Governor at a December meeting in Winona. Gov. Dayton has said he favors keeping frack sand mining out of southeastern Minnesota......