“They didn’t want our electricity and now they don’t want our gasoline either?”

With the Bakken Formation receiving much of its sand used for fracking from neighboring states to the east like Minnesota and Wisconsin, people in the Peace Garden State are interested in a groundswell movement in Minnesota that is asking for a moratorium on mining for frac sand.

Close to 200 citizens and public officials from southeastern Minnesota rallied at the state capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, asking lawmakers to put a halt to any new silica sand mining operations until potential health and environmental effects can be further studied.

During Wednesday’s North Dakota Industrial Commission meeting in Bismarck, state Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms briefed the three-member commission on recent happenings in Minnesota, to which Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem expressed surprise.

“They didn’t want our electricity and now they don’t want our gasoline either?” Stenehjem rhetorically asked.

Dickinson Press

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