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Minnesotans seek two-year moratorium on frac sand mining

More than 6,000 residents of southeastern Minnesota signed a petition to enact a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining, declaring that “southeast Minnesota should be off-limits to the frac sand industry” in order to protect air and water quality. The Land Stewardship Project, the group sponsoring the petition, asserted that the governor had the authority to order the Environmental Quality Board to issue a moratorium under the state’s Critical Areas Act without legislation because the frac sand operations were threatening ecologically sensitive areas.

The petition was presented to the state’s governor on April 22, 2014, during Earth Day celebrations.

Governor … Continue Reading

US DOT discuss transport safety issues with oil and rail industry leaders

With the recent December 30, 2013 derailment of tanker cars carrying oil in Casselton, North Dakota, as well as other 2013 incidents  in western Minnesota, Baltimore, Alabama, and at three sites in Canada (Gainfield, Landis, and Lac-Mégantic, where 47 people were killed when  an unattended 72-car freight train derailed in the center of town), the US Department of Transportation (DOT) met with representatives from the oil and railroad industries to discuss transport safety issues relating to crude oil.

At the meeting on January 15, 2014, representatives from the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) reportedly … Continue Reading

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