Posts By: Christine Durand

Minnesota Environmental Partnership Issues Statement on Governor’s Veto of Bill that Would Cripple the PUC

Posted by & filed under Clean Energy, energy costs, news release, PUC, renewable energy, solar.

March 21, 2017 (St. Paul, Minn.) — Last night, Governor Dayton followed through on a promise made last month when used his veto pen on a bill that would have weakened the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and punish Minnesota’s solar customers by removing PUC oversight of excessive charnges by rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities… Read more »

Letter to Senators: Protect the Environmental Quality Board

Posted by & filed under Loon Commons blog.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership March 17, 2017   Dear Senators: We write to alert you to a bill, SF 1087, being heard by the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Finance Committee.  This bill is opposed by members of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership because it rolls back and weakens Minnesota’s bedrock environmental laws. We urge you to… Read more »

Environmental Rollbacks are Out of Step with What Minnesotans Want, Says New Research

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St. Paul, Minn. (March 1, 2017) —  At the same time when Minnesota Legislators are debating a torrent of rollbacks a new poll shows that Minnesotans of all backgrounds and regions are concerned about our environmental protections and don’t want to see proposals that would roll back those protections. The Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP) released… Read more »

We stand together around shared priorities

Posted by & filed under biking, Clean Water, Defense, Legislature, Loon Commons blog, Pollinators, Transit and Transportation, Water.

Minnesota’s Great Outdoors is more than just the beautiful natural spaces, clean lakes, prairie lands and forests. It’s about the health and vitality of our people and communities. The coalition members of the Minnesota Environmental Partnership believe that economic prosperity and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive. They go hand in hand. Our state’s growth… Read more »

Minnesota’s People, Communities, Businesses to Benefit from Water Bill that supports Great Lakes Restoration

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December 12, 2016 (Duluth, Minn.) —  In a major victory this weekend for the people, businesses, and communities in Minnesota which rely on the Great Lakes for their drinking water, jobs and way of life, over the weekend, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that authorizes $1.5 billion for region-wide Great Lakes restoration investments. The  Water… Read more »

MEP and members urge President Obama and Attorney General Lynch to reconsider permits for Dakota Access Pipeline

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, climate change, Loon Commons blog, oil, Water.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered the following letter to President Obama and Attorney General Lynch, expressing their support and solidarity to the Sanding Rock Sioux Tribe and requesting that they reconsider permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline and de-escalate the violence at the protest site. Read the entire letter below:   December… Read more »

MEP and members urge agreement on bonding

Posted by & filed under Funding for the Environment, Groundwater protection, Land Conservation, Loon Commons blog, Sign-on Letter, Water.

Minnesota Environmental Partnership and our member groups delivered the following letter to Governor Dayton and Legislative leaders calling for the Legislature to reach an agreement with the Governor on a bonding package that includes the full $210 million in funding for key priorities for our Great Outdoors. Read the full text of the letter below:… Read more »

Legislative Session brings progress, disappointments for Minnesota’s Great Outdoors

Posted by & filed under Clean Water, news release, transportation.

May 23, 2016 (Saint Paul, Minn) — As the 2016 Legislative Session adjourned late Sunday night, it’s clear that the outcomes of this Session will be marked by some steps forward, but also missed opportunities for Minnesota’s beloved Great Outdoors. “When we ask our fellow Minnesotans what they value most about our state, they talk… Read more »