Minnesota Legislature: Natural Resources



Receding water levels
Money has been set aside to deal with White Bear Lake's water shortage issue, to beef up recycling goals for the Twin Cities metro, and to create a new research center for invasive species. (05/19/2014)
Companies looking to mine frac sand in Minnesota would need to get approval from the Department of Natural Resources. The requirement was part of an environment budget bill passed by the Legislature on Saturday night. (05/19/2013)
Sen. Matt Schmit
The lawmaker who has pushed this year for tougher state regulation of the frac sand mining industry on Tuesday said DFL legislative leaders have reached a compromise on the legislation. (05/14/2013)
Forty percent of Minnesota's lakes and rivers are too polluted to fish or swim in. Minnesota's current approach to water cleanup is not working effectively, and a measure is expected to pass in the state Legislature to ensure better accountability. (05/13/2013)
A bill that would require investor-owned utilities to provide at least 1 percent of their power through solar generation by late 2025 has been approved in the Minnesota Senate. (05/10/2013)
Legislation that would prohibit frac sand mining within a mile of a trout stream or spring in southeastern Minnesota would prevent at least 10 proposed frac sand mines in the region from being developed, show an MPR News analysis. (05/09/2013)
The Minnesota Senate Finance Committee rejected a plan Tuesday to protect trout streams in southeastern Minnesota from potential impacts from proposed frac sand mining. (04/30/2013)
Legislation to impose new taxes on silica sand mining in Minnesota got a rough reception Tuesday in a House committee hearing. (03/19/2013)
A state Senate committee has stalled efforts to ban a substance commonly found in antibacterial soap. (03/14/2013)
More than 30 groups plan to push for a renewable energy and jobs agenda over the next two years during this session of the Legislature. (03/05/2013)
The measure was approved despite warnings from industry officials that the legislation would stifle job growth and put Minnesota at a competitive disadvantage with its neighbor, Wisconsin. (02/26/2013)
A new bill has been introduced in the Minnesota Legislature calling for a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting and trapping. We'll look at both sides of the issue. (The Daily Circuit, 02/25/2013)
Opponents of the new mining process packed a legislative hearing to urge Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers to regulate the sand mining industry. But industry officials say such regulations will limit job growth and create unnecessary burdens on them. (02/19/2013)
State lawmakers will hold hearings beginning this week to address the fast-growing frac sand industry and its effect on Minnesota. Although local lawmakers are grappling with how to zone and regulate the industry, rules differ widely throughout the state. (02/18/2013)
Climate change is the focus of a series of joint hearings this month at the Minnesota Legislature. The first hearing today features a discussion about the impact on groundwater. (01/22/2013)

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