Posts By: Matt Doll

Minnesota businesses take feds to court to protect Boundary Waters from sulfide mining

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership On Thursday, a group of Minnesota businesses and MEP member group Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of the Interior over its reinstatement of expired mineral leases for Twin Metals. Twin Metals is proposing to use these mineral rights to open and operate a… Read more »

Line 3 and PolyMet: Two pivotal moments for Minnesota waters

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This month is shaping up to be a big one for the health of Minnesota’s water, land, and communities. Last week, the staff of the Public Utilities Commission released nonbinding recommendation that the proposed Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline be approved, and that its new route should be favored… Read more »

Legislators attempt to block Groundwater Protection, but Dayton administration vows to move forward

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership This week, leaders in the Minnesota House and Senate formally filed their resolutions to delay Minnesota’s draft Groundwater Protection Rule after having voted to do so near the end of the 2018 Legislative Session. This unprecedented measure, if upheld by Minnesota’s court system, could put the completion of the… Read more »

Legislative session misses opportunities, but gives Minnesota a chance to move forward

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By Matt Doll, Minnesota Environmental Partnership With Governor Mark Dayton’s final vetoes and bill signatures this week, the 2018 Minnesota legislative session ended with successes, losses, and missed opportunities for Minnesota’s environment. Thanks to the Governor’s veto, bad legislation like the Line 3 giveaway bill and the wild rice standard roll back, didn’t become law –… Read more »

Insider: June 3, 2018

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Legislative session misses opportunities, but gives Minnesota a chance to move forward With Governor Mark Dayton’s final vetoes and bill signatures this week, the 2018 Minnesota legislative session ended with successes, losses, and missed opportunities for Minnesota’s environment. Thanks to the Governor’s veto, bad legislation like the Line 3 giveaway bill and the wild rice standard… Read more »

Insider: May 26, 2018

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With session’s end, dirty legislation dropped on Dayton’s desk After three months of debate and discussion, the Minnesota Legislature on Sunday concluded its 2018 session following the passage of several last-minute bills. Governor Mark Dayton has less than a week and a half to decide whether to sign, veto, or modify spending in the bills… Read more »

Press Statement: Governor’s veto defends wild rice, blocks special favors for sulfide ore mines

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2018   MEDIA CONTACT: Sara Wolff, Advocacy Director Minnesota Environmental Partnership sara@mepartnership.org, 651-789-0651   This morning, Governor Mark Dayton announced his veto of the Wild Rice Bill, which would have taken Minnesota backward on protecting this important resource. This bill would not have protected wild rice or set up a… Read more »

Letter to Governor Dayton: The Wild Rice Conference Committee Report is no Compromise – Please Veto

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May 21, 2018                                                                                                Dear Governor Dayton: We, the undersigned organizations and the citizens we represent, respectfully ask you to veto HF 3422 – the conference committee report on wild rice. The bill does not protect wild rice now or set-up a system that reasonably takes steps to protect wild rice in the future. In fact,… Read more »