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Opponents of Minnesota’s buffer law claim it’s an unconstitutional taking. It’s not.

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Yesterday’s joint House Environment and Natural Resources and Agriculture committee hearing on implementation of Minnesota’s buffer program included quite a number of statements from legislators and testifiers claiming that the law constitutes a taking of private land by the government without just compensation in violation of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article I,… Read more »

Commissioner Stine: Protect Family Farms & Get Environmental Review Right on Factory Hog Farm

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My family and I operate a dairy farm in Goodhue County’s Zumbrota Township in southeastern Minnesota. My father bought our farm in 1942, and I have lived on this land my whole life. My wife, my sister, my brother and I milk cows and raise corn, soybeans and alfalfa. We’re proud of the life we’ve… Read more »

We stand together around shared priorities

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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 »

Twin Metals: Victory for now, but still work to do

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Evidence has been piling up about the long-lasting risk that copper-nickel sulfide mining poses to Minnesota’s precious water and wild places. In 2014, Mount Polley’s “state of the art” sulfide mine in British Columbia burst a dam and spilled billions of gallons of polluted water into pristine lakes and rivers (https://www.earthworksaction.org/earthblog/detail/second_year_anniversary_of_mount_polley#.WGVWZbYrLSw). In 2015, the Gold… Read more »

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

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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 »

PolyMet Updates and Where We Go From Here

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On November 3, 2016 PolyMet filed its Permit to Mine with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This year has seen a flurry of permit applications by PolyMet, all leading up to this big application. Here at the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, our coalition has been fighting the PolyMet mine for years now, and this permit… Read more »

Report from Standing Rock

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Editors note: Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s Northeast Minnesota Program Coordinator Abbie Plouff and Great Lakes Program Coordinator Irene Folstrom headed out this week to assist the Standing Rock Camp’s protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Dakota Access Pipeline would bring fracked oil from the Bakken oil fields down to its destination in southern Illinois. The… Read more »