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?
That’s why I’m writing to urge you to support a full state-wide moratorium on frac sand mining in Iowa.
These lands are home to some of our state’s most ecologically rich and diverse areas. They are our state’s heritage. If the mining industry is allowed to exploit these areas, they will literally blast away entire hills and bluffs, leaving behind permanent scars that will lower land values and never truly heal. This mining can also cause air and water pollution, and it’s a threat to our communities’ quality of life.
The people of Northeastern Iowa don’t want these mines, and neither do I. Support a state-wide moratorium and tell the frac sand mining industry they are not welcome here in Iowa!