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.
The chief concern is about the potential for acid runoff from exposed sulfur-bearing rock.
My conclusion is the only way PolyMet’s financial model works is to inflate the benefits, underestimate the costs and shift the risks to someone else.
The sportsmen and women of northern Minnesota aren’t buying it, and neither should you.
The proposed copper and nickel mining project is dividing pro-mining Democrats in northeastern Minnesota and environmentalists.
Through a series of legal victories, including one just weeks ago, tribes are extending the meaning of rights they reserved in 19th-century treaties.
Minnesotans should work together with the mining industry to create a win-win scenario for the entire state.
That was just one insight among many I gained from a talk with DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr about the sheer logistical challenge.
Will we protect our water, and in so doing protect our health? Protect our children?
Sulfide mining has frequently contaminated both groundwater and surface-water resources with acid drainage and heavy-metal leaching.
Forty-six doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals have signed a letter to the DNR.