Join us Tuesday at noon for a live discussion.
As the mining of frac sand in Minnesota is debated at the state capitol MPR News is hosting an online chat that looks at silica sand mining in the upper Midwest.
NPR State Impact reporter Mose Buchele from KUT News in Austin, Texas will provide an overview of what is going on with natural gas nationally. Closer to home we will hear from reporters that have covered sand mining in Wisconsin where the practice is farther along than it is here. Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Rich Kremer and Wisconsin Center for Investigative Reporting reporter Kate Prengaman will take part. We will also hear from Politics in Minnesota reporter Briana Bierschbach who will update us on the latest development from the Minnesota Capitol.
That concludes our video portion of the chat. Now we are joined by Briana Bierschbach from Politics in Minnesota. She is at the capitol in St Paul. Briana, there is a senate hearing underway today on sand mining. Where do things stand with the issue in Minnesota today?
Thanks Briana. Do the proposals by Sen. Schmit seem to have legs?
@Briana who seems to have the upper-hand in St Paul in terms of mobilizing public support? Who is getting the ear of the lawmakers?
Briana, do you think the former Red Wing Mayor will be successful at the capitol? Does he have deep connections in St Paul that you know of?