“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.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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