Governor's Office Issues Frac Sand Statement

Updated: 04/22/2014 1:10 PM
Created: 04/22/2014 12:36 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Following a protest by dozens of frac sand opponents, Matt Swenson,  Press Secretary for Governor Mark Dayton, released the following statement on the possibilty of a moratorium.

“During the 2013 Legislative Session, Governor Dayton strongly supported a moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. Unfortunately, that proposal was not supported by the Minnesota Legislature. Legal Counsel has advised that, absent legislative enactment of the moratorium, the Governor lacks the authority to unilaterally impose his own moratorium. 

"However, local jurisdictions, such as counties, cities, and townships, have authority under existing Minnesota Statutes to declare moratoriums on frac sand mining and processing within their jurisdictions. Citizens living in those areas should urge those local officials to enact the measures they favor.

"Last year's law did greatly strengthen state agencies' authority to impose stringent requirements on any frac sand mining in that region. The Environmental Quality Board, DNR, and MPCA are all actively engaged in establishing and enforcing those restrictions.”

ABC 6 News reporter Steph Crock is at the capitol talking with those about the anti-frac sand movement, and will have a full report tonight on ABC 6 News.