Mining companies are exploring the possibility of mining deposits of copper, nickel and even gold near this northern Minnesota wilderness area. The proposals bring the promise of work, but outdoor enthusiasts think this type of work will pollute the waters that many tourists come to enjoy. There is a concern about the creation of toxic sulfuric acid being created from mining. The mining industry insists new techniques will prevent such pollution.
Read more about the political dispute and the potential pollution from copper-nickel mining in the area.