An opportunity to speak to Governor Dayton directly. We can share rides.
Please let me know if you can go. 507/467-2157
Wishing you well,
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In yesterday's hearing, after testimony from DNR Commissioner Landwehr about how valuable our trout streams are and the need to protect them with a set-back for sand mines, the Chair (Tomassoni ?) said that they have mining up north, and the trout fishing is fine.
We continue to have opportunities to speak for what we value.
Here is a suggested message for the committee members: “I live in southeast Minnesota. As a member of the Environment and Ag Finance Committee, you will soon be hearing Senate File 796, the Omnibus Game and Fish Policy Bill. This bill has important provisions to protect southeast Minnesota’s trout streams from frac sand mining and processing. The karst topography in southeast Minnesota creates conditions for cold streams and some of the best trout fishing in the country. However, it also allows for these streams to be easily polluted. The state has invested millions in maintaining these trout streams and trout fishing is an important economic industry in our area. Sen. Matt Schmit has included provisions in the bill for southeast Minnesota that prohibit frac sand mining activity within a mile of sensitive trout streams, prohibit groundwater from being used for frac sand mining and processing, and prohibit frac sand mining within 25 feet of the water table. These are common-sense provision needed to protect southeast Minnesota’s trout streams. Please support these provisions and oppose attempts to remove them from the bill.”
Here is a suggested message for Gov. Dayton: “I live in southeast Minnesota and am very concerned about the harm the frac sand industry poses to my community. I was disappointed when you said that you do not support a moratorium on frac sand mining at this time. I believe it is critical that we get strong state standards in place before this industry pollutes the air and water and destroys roads in southeast Minnesota like it has in western Wisconsin. I believe it makes sense to have a moratorium while those state standards are created. However, without a moratorium we must have strong standards for southeast Minnesota now. Sen. Matt Schmit has included provisions in Senate File 796 for southeast Minnesota that prohibit frac sand mining activity within a mile of sensitive trout streams, prohibit groundwater from being used for frac sand mining and processing, and prohibit frac sand mining within 25 feet of the water table. While more is ultimately needed, these standards are a good start and I would like you to publicly support them and work for their passage. Without a moratorium we need standards like this in place now."
Here we go again. It's important. Let Amanda know if you can join us.
FORWARD THIS MESSAGE ON PLEASE:SE MN EXPRESSGET IN THE VAN!!!This is one of our last chances to be heard before the legislation session ends!!!!JUST IN!!!Travel to the capitol (see below) or make calls to the:Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Division.(click the link)Tomorrow, testimony will be heard on both SF786 (the one we like) and SF1018. The committee is NOT going to vote, but will however lay them over for the omnibus bill. The OMNIBUS hearing will be held the following day, Thursday April 11th at 12 - 2:30pm and 6pm -?.WE MUST CALL AND/OR GET ON THE BUS TO SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING:I have rented a 14 passenger VAN leaving for the capitol tomorrow.VAN Information/Schedule:To reserve your seat please contact:
Amanda Griggs: 507-896-2165 / firstname.lastname@example.org
2:15 PM HoustonBarista's Coffee House. (Barista's will open at 6:30 AM)2:25 PM RushfordLynndyn-Bridge Restaurant (102 West Jessie St.)3:00 PM WinonaJC Penney parking lot (Hwy. 61 and Pelzer St.)3:45 PM WabashaCity of Wabasha overflow parking lot across from Supervalu4:30 PM Red WingTarget Store parking lot just off Tyler Road on the north side of town5:30 PM Arrive at the Capitol6:00 PM Hearing: RM112 CapitolPlease pack a lunch, as no meal stops are planned.We can either come home or stay over night to attend the omnibus bill hearing the next day at 12-2:30?Please let AmAndA know what your preference is!!!
(click on this link for member contact informations)THANK YOU!!!!AmAndA S GriGGs
AmAndA S GriGGs507-459-6700
We have 2 weeks to impact legislation on frac-sand mining at the MN State Capital. Please share. Please attend. The following dates and times have been confirmed.A message from save the bluffs....