Biden never addressed the Line 3 or Twin Metals projects during his presidential primary campaign, and he has continued to avoid taking a stand since becoming the likely Democratic nominee.
Twin Metals submitted a plan to regulators Wednesday for a copper-nickel mine on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, formally kicking off what is likely to be a multi-year environmental review process.
The project has garnered national media attention and even become a wedge issue in the presidential campaign. And that was before Twin Metals Minnesota submitted its official operating plan for review.
Since February, Rep. Pete Stauber has been pushing a bill that would switch all reservations in the BWCA back to a lottery system — clashing with the Trump administration in the process.
In a major shift, Twin Metals says it plans to store much of the waste from its proposed mine using the “dry stack” method, an emerging technology that some argue is a better strategy for preventing water pollution.
You kind of have to admire, if only grudgingly, the sly elegance of last Friday’s about-face on environmental review of prospective precious-metal mines at the edge of the Boundary Waters.
Gov. Mark Dayton often cites the clash over the BWCA when he talks about the controversial PolyMet mining project, saying the fallout could be “all that and worse.”
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Most discussion of mining in Minnesota, said Becky Rom, has focused on the PolyMet project — and that needs to change.
Can’t we think of a less risky way to get 360 “high-paying” jobs created up on the Iron Range?
WASHINGTON — Sen. Franken cut short a BWCA canoe-and-camping trip to return to Washington for Syria briefings.
A five day journey through the BWCA distilled into 25 minutes of video.
A pollution-bearing haze is coming from coal-fired power plants and taconite operations.
The average age of a BWCA visitor has gone from 26 in 1969 to 36 in 1991 to 45 in 2007. Two-thirds of campers in 2007 were 40 or older.