A group of activists presented a petition to Governor Mark Dayton Tuesday calling for a two-year moratorium of frack sand mining in southeastern Minnesota.
The petition, sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project, contained over 6,000 signatures of people supporting the moratorium.
One of the signers is Marilyn Frauenkron Bayer of Houston.
Frauenkron Bayer says she believes the support for a moratorium is strong across Minnesota because of what has transpired with frack sand mining in parts of western Wisconsin, including Buffalo and Trempealeau counties.
The group may have a difficult time changing lawmakers minds. There is no pending legislation in the final four weeks of this session.
Republican Steve Drazkowski, who represents a portion of southeastern Minnesota, said he would vote against a moratorium because a set of suggested regulations for local governments has already been approved by the Minnesota Pullution Control Agency.