The current legislative session began on January 5, 2015 and will continue through June of 2016. Conservation victories accumulated through this legislative session – whether at the local, state, or national level – will be listed here.
Frac Sand Study Requested in Chippewa County (Local Issue)
Frac sand mining has been booming in Chippewa County, relatively unchecked, for years even though little is known about the industry’s long term impacts on our natural resources, health, and economy. Members of the Chippewa County Board challenged this “mine now, ask questions later” approach by proposing a resolution to requesting that the DNR conduct a scientific study on frac sand mining’s health, economic, and environmental impacts. Conservation voters in Chippewa County took immediate action, sending 340 messages to County Board members in just four days. The resolution passed on a 7-6 vote.