The impact of this decision will be what I’ve been expecting — dreadful — the doors are open for even more coal plants (note the discussion of surplus capacity in the decision) and with CapX mostly built, we’ve got the infrastructure for 50+ years of coal generated electricity exports across Minnesota to market, and 50+ years of mercury for our fish, and all those emissions for us to breathe. Great, just great.
You can read the Star Tribune’s take on the story in the article “Judge strikes down Minnesota’s anti-coal energy law.”
Amy Doeun (Crazy Boy Farm):
See everyone supports large farms whether they want to or not, whether they know it or not, through government subsidies and just the whole structure of food in this nation. But to support local, small farms you have to go out of your way.
Superior Silica Sand, a frac sand operation, has submitted a letter of intent to purchase 40 acres of land in North Branch’s ESSBY Business Park off 400th Street.
At the North Branch City Council meeting Monday, City Administrator Bridgitte Konrad said a purchase agreement with the business is likely months away. Before that time, the city’s Economic Development Authority would hold a public hearing to solicit feedback from residents about the potential project, and the Planning Commission would also host a public meeting to discuss the division of the land.
Minnesota’s planting season may get started later than usual this year due to “winter’s stubborn grip on Minnesota.” You can find out how much soil temperatures have warmed in your area via the above linked Minnesota Department of Agriculture map.