This summer Rep. Rick Nolan introduced HR 3115, a bill to force the completion of a highly controversial land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and PolyMet.
The U.S. Forest Service needs to nix the Twin Metals leases, and the PolyMet land exchange as well. The time for integrity is now.
The FEIS is lacking in pertinent analysis of significant impacts that will change the quality and character of Minnesota’s north woods area — for us and the next 25 generations.
The exchange would result in the loss of portions of the Superior National Forest outside of the BWCA in order to subject that land to intensive mining, logging and leasing.
Rep. Nolan should obtain a copy of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” to get some pointers on how to be firm in Congress.
The governor cannot have it both ways. Either he defends the right to clean water and air, or he continues to dismantle legislation designed to protect those rights.
If state land within the BWCA can be exchanged for federal land in Superior National Forest, that land loses many of its federal protections.