Silica sand is abundant in southeastern Minnesota and is a crucial ingredient in the oil and natural gas extraction process known as fracking. Still, more than 6,000 Minnesotans have signed the moratorium petition.
Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act, which passed in 2007 with bipartisan support, says in part that utilities may not import additional coal-generated electricity into the state unless they offset the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
The company has asked the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to approve its plans to double the capacity of its Line 4 pipeline, built in 2008 to carry 165,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
The St. Paul Department of Parks and Recreation is organizing what will be the city's first volunteer-based cleanup effort it two years.
Some researchers asked the National Park Service to intervene to help wolves survive, saying the animals are a vital part of the Lake Superior island's ecosystem. Officials, however, aren't ready to do that
Hundreds of land managers from more than 70 American Indian tribes across the country are in the Twin Cities this week to discuss implementing a landmark settlement with the federal government.
Lois Quam had recently served as a special adviser to U.S. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry focusing on global health and public-private partnerships.
Several hundred activists gathered Thursday to speak for an against a plan by Enbridge Energy to expand an oil pipeline project.
State regulators have already signed off on Enbridge's plan to increase capacity to 570,000 barrels per day. Now the company is asking the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission to approve an increased capacity of 800,000 barrels per day.
Gusty winds have carried smoke from Kansas wildfires into Minnesota and the fine particles from the smoke are at a level that state officials consider unhealthy for sensitive groups such as children and the elderly.
The Geronimo Energy Aurora project, which will be built on 20 different sites throughout the state next to Xcel substations, will give the state about eight times the solar energy output currently produced.
The full effect of the spill is not yet known, but oil-covered loons have already been found and the oil could hurt many other birds.
Fisheries managers are liberalizing the rules for taking northern pike and smallmouth bass in an effort to revive the big lake's struggling walleye population.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will share its replacement plan for the city's ash trees during a series of public meetings starting this week
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is considering bringing bison to Minneopa State Park in Mankato.