Time is running out: Protect Iowa from dangerous frac sand mining!
  • Petitioned Iowa Governor

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Iowa Governor
Iowa State House

Time is running out: Protect Iowa from dangerous frac sand mining!

    1. Sponsored by

      League of Conservation Voters

Tell Governor Branstad and the Iowa state legislature to protect our most ecologically rich and diverse lands by putting a halt to frac sand mining in Iowa. 

The presence of fine-grained silica sand, also known as “frac sand,” has Northeastern Iowa in the mining industry’s cross hairs. They want to blast away entire hills to get to it, leaving behind permanent scars on our lands that will never fully heal. This mining can also cause air and water pollution, and it’s a threat to communities’ quality of life. That’s what our neighbors in Wisconsin are dealing with as frac sand mining has exploded in their state in recent years. 

When the plans for mining were first introduced in our state, Iowans organized and came together in protest, persuading two counties to enact moratoria on frac sand mining – but they’re only temporary and will expire this year if we don’t take action. To protect Iowa’s lands for good, we need a moratorium across Iowa. 

We’re gathering signatures across the state RIGHT NOW to send to Governor Branstad and the state legislature telling them to protect Iowa’s beautiful natural lands by kicking out these mining companies. Will you add your name?


Recent signatures


    1. Decision-maker Art Staed responds:

      Art Staed

      Thank you for your comments and your request. I do support, and will continue to support a full state-wide moratorium on fracking and frac sand mining in Iowa.


      State Representative Art Staed
      House District 66, Cedar ...

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Decision-maker Art Staed responds:

      Art Staed

      Thank you for your petition. I am supporting legislation in the Iowa House HF 2298 and additional bills that prohibit the state or its agencies from issuing mining licenses for engaging in the mining of silicas and the approving of the r...

    4. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • norma bosma SIBLEY, IA
      • 5 months ago

      The impact on communities NE Iowa the most beautiful place in Midwest preserve for humans and environment our countries sanctuary.

      • 5 months ago

      Mother Earth needs our voice

    • Annie Zylstra DECORAH, IA
      • 5 months ago

      Northeast Iowa is one of the most ecologically diverse regions of the Midwest. As a 20-year-old native Iowan, I cannot fathom that our state government body, elected to serve the people, would allow such a fragile piece of Iowa to be destroyed by the corporate oil industry. The Iowa constitution states that "All power is inherent in the people." The people are standing up to this predatory industry. The right to clean air and water, the right to life, takes higher precedence than temporary profits for a few.

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 6 months ago

      Be the change you want to see!

    • colart 0475291527 PRIVAS, AR
      • 6 months ago



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