It is just as important to protect the waters of the St. Louis River watershed as it is the Rainy River Basin. There is de facto racism in placing the romantic attachment of outdoor enthusiasts to the BWCA over the interests of the Ojibwe.
The governor said of Minnesota and the PolyMet project, “I think we can do things right.” The record to date is not encouraging.
PolyMet has worked hard to reduce its estimates of indirect harm to wetlands in its permit application.
Without question, I think, the most important environmental news in Minnesota next year will center on precious-metals mining, in particular the progress of PolyMet Mining Corp.’s NorthMet project.
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.
A mining company can have a permit, violate standards, and still be in compliance with its permit.
The prospects for saving the BWCA from centuries of toxic mine drainage have grown considerably brighter with the disclosure of two documents concerning Twin Metals Minnesota’s mining plans.
“The secret to success is making places where people want to live,” says Aaron J. Brown, 35, who lives near Grand Rapids. He’s skeptical of “boom chasers, smokestack chasers, these big things that promise to put 100 guys in work clothes.”
The sampling was to be done on U.S. Forest Service land, and the project was given a green light by Superior National Forest officials.
A petition says EPA should reverse its longstanding delegation of enforcement responsibility and take the Clean Water Act back into federal hands.