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  • Mining threatens Minnesota's pristine Boundary Waters

    Jan 20, 2018  The Obama administration had put a temporary stop to copper-nickel mining on the edge of Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness,

  • Minnesotans opposed to new mining near Boundary Waters ...

    That changed only somewhat in northern Minnesota, home to the Boundary Waters and the state's taconite mining industry. There, 60% said the environment was

  • Twin Metals submits formal plans for mine near the ...

    Dec 18, 2019  Twin Metals Minnesota, ... The U.S. Forest Service at the time also proposed a 20-year moratorium on any new mining projects within the Boundary Waters watershed, citing

  • Feds reopen forests near Boundary Waters to mining MPR News

    Sep 06, 2018  The Trump administration has canceled a study of a proposed 20-year mining ban within the watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, clearing the

  • Save the Boundary Waters

    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is threatened by sulfide-ore copper mining. The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters is leading the effort to ensure permanent protection for the Boundary Waters Wilderness, America's most visited Wilderness and Minnesota 's crown jewel, from proposed sulfide-ore copper mining. TAKE ACTION NOW

  • The Uncertain Future of the Boundary Waters Outside Online

    May 20, 2019  The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is facing the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining. ... Baltich served as the mayor of Ely in 1985 and is the founder of the nonprofit Fight for Mining ...

  • Lawsuit Targets Toxic Copper Mine Threatening Minnesota’s ...

    May 06, 2020  Sulfide mining poses a severe threat to the 1,100 lakes in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Dan Thornberg / Shutterstock The Trump administration has approved leases for a mine which the Forest Service previously refused to allow because of how damaging it will be to the environment.

  • Twin Metals' threat to the Boundary Waters — Friends of ...

    Sulfide mining had never been done in Minnesota and the prospect of opening one of these toxic mines in a water-rich environment, less than a mile from the Boundary Waters, was alarming. The BWCA faced an existential threat, and the fight against sulfide mining grew into one of the most intense environmental fights in Minnesota’s history.

  • Conflicted Over Copper: Technological advances clash with ...

    Jun 19, 2020  But Minnesota politicians in Congress are also pushing back against the proposed mine. Rep. Betty McCollum introduced the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevent Act back in January, which would ban copper-nickel mining across federal land near the Boundary Waters. Flint said it’s critical for Congress to act to protect ...

  • Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to ...

    May 15, 2019  Conservation and local groups, as well as some Minnesota lawmakers, have for years opposed the idea of opening up the area near the Boundary Waters to mining because of the environmental risk it ...

  • Amy Klobuchar Has Been Weirdly Quiet About A Massive ...

    Now Twin Metals Minnesota, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chilean mining giant Antofagasta, is looking to breathe new life into this small sector of the state’s economy with a $1.7 billion underground copper-nickel mine just a few miles from Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

  • Mining: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness The ...

    Mining threatens Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is the most visited wilderness area in America. Located in northeastern Minnesota, this wilderness area has a vast system of over 1,000 lakes and

  • The Threat of Sulfide Mining — Friends of the Boundary ...

    POLYMET. PolyMet, which is approximately 12 miles south of the border with the Boundary Waters, is the snow plow that will clear the way for other copper-sulfide mining in Minnesota, including the Boundary Waters watershed.

  • Federal Judge Backs Mineral Leases in Minnesota's Boundary ...

    Advocates against mining near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters were hit with another setback Tuesday when a Washington, D.C., judge ruled that the Department of the Interior’s return of mineral leases to Chilean-owned mining company Twin Metals was legal.

  • Group sues to ban copper mining near Boundary Waters under ...

    Jun 24, 2020  The Minnesota Environmental Rights Act obligates the state to protect the Boundary Waters, according to the complaint, but the state’s 1990s-era nonferrous mining

  • Appeal Targets Mining Permits Near Boundary Waters ...

    May 27, 2020  DULUTH, Minn.— Conservation groups today challenged the Trump administration’s decision to renew 13 prospecting permits that could allow Twin Metals to expand its proposed sulfide-ore copper mine at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in northeastern Minnesota. “The Trump administration’s scheme to turn this breathtaking region into an industrial mining

  • Mining and mineral resources of Minnesota Minnesota DNR

    Taconite mining occurs on the Mesabi iron range in northeastern Minnesota. Furthermore, iron ore is being recovered from old iron mining waste materials, called tailings, on the Mesabi Range. Nonferrous minerals manganese, copper, nickel, platinum, and titanium exist in Minnesota in minable quantities, but under current market conditions are ...

  • Trump clears way for toxic mine in Boundary Waters ...

    While there has been a history of iron ore mining in the region, there is no history of copper sulfide mining in the Boundary Waters region. Background. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness contains 1,200 miles of canoe routes and more than 1,000 lakes left by receding glaciers.

  • A Plan to Mine the Minnesota Wilderness Hit a Dead End ...

    Jun 25, 2019  Separately, a group in Minnesota opposed to the mining, Save the Boundary Waters, has called the rental arrangement “deeply troubling” and has seized on it

  • In Northern Minnesota, Two Economies Square Off: Mining vs ...

    Oct 12, 2017  Boundary Waters activists argue that the very presence of mining — its disruption of this area’s natural character, not to mention the specter of pollution — could hamper the region’s ...

  • Twin Metals Submits Plan to Mine Near Minnesota's Boundary ...

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CN) – A controversial mining project near northeastern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness took a step closer to becoming a reality Wednesday after Twin Metals submitted its formal proposal to state and federal agencies for an underground copper-nickel mine.

  • Save the Boundary Waters Environment Minnesota

    Mining companies are pushing to conduct a toxic new form of mining, called sulfide mining, right next to the Boundary Waters. Runoff from sulfide mining can create toxic sulfuric acid and cause mercury contamination—both of which could flow into the Boundary Waters and pollute this precious area. We need President Obama to make sure we don't risk this natural treasure by allowing dangerous ...

  • The mining industry has taken the reins on environmental ...

    Friends of the Boundary Waters have been suing Polymet and Twin Metals for years. The minute Twin Metals passed the EIS study, friends of the boundary waters would sue over that study too.

  • Boundary Waters at Risk - Center for American Progress

    May 08, 2019  The congresswoman lambasted Perdue for the last-minute cancelation of a two-year study meant to determine if mining should be allowed on the doorstep of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

  • Twin Metals Submits Plan to Mine Near Minnesota's Boundary ...

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (CN) – A controversial mining project near northeastern Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness took a step closer to becoming a reality Wednesday after Twin Metals submitted its formal proposal to state and federal agencies for an underground copper-nickel mine.

  • Save the Boundary Waters Environment Minnesota

    Mining companies are pushing to conduct a toxic new form of mining, called sulfide mining, right next to the Boundary Waters. Runoff from sulfide mining can create toxic sulfuric acid and cause mercury contamination—both of which could flow into the Boundary Waters and pollute this precious area. We need President Obama to make sure we don't risk this natural treasure by allowing dangerous ...

  • The mining industry has taken the reins on environmental ...

    Friends of the Boundary Waters have been suing Polymet and Twin Metals for years. The minute Twin Metals passed the EIS study, friends of the boundary waters would sue over that study too.

  • Boundary Waters at Risk - Center for American Progress

    May 08, 2019  The congresswoman lambasted Perdue for the last-minute cancelation of a two-year study meant to determine if mining should be allowed on the doorstep of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

  • Treasure above, riches below: Mining on the edge of the ...

    In the coming months, Twin Metals will reveal more and more of its plan for a controversial underground copper and nickel mine near Ely, Minnesota, just five miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

  • The Threat Save the Boundary Waters

    10 percent of the newborns in Minnesota’s Lake Superior Basin already have blood mercury levels above the safe limit—likely because their mothers ate more fish, the primary source of mercury in people. Sulfide-ore copper mining in the watershed of the Boundary Waters exposes local residents to a

  • Group sues to ban copper mining near Boundary Waters under ...

    The Minnesota Environmental Rights Act obligates the state to protect the Boundary Waters, according to the complaint, but the state’s 1990s-era nonferrous mining rules don’t adequately ...

  • Minnesota Democrats Feud Over Mining in the Boundary Waters

    Mining regulations in the Boundary Waters have placed Minnesota democrats at odds. WASHINGTON D.C.– The mining versus environmental fight has stretched to Capitol Hill as Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN 4) admonished Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN 8) for asking the federal government to reverse a mandate by the Obama administration to block mining and mineral exploration []

  • What you need to know about the Twin Metals mine plan ...

    Dec 18, 2019  Twin Metals Minnesota submitted a plan to state and federal regulators Wednesday for a copper-nickel mine on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters

  • MONDAY: Mining and Minnesota’s Boundary Waters on WIZM’s ...

    Mar 02, 2020  Former Minnesota DNR boss Tom Landwehr is now the executive director of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. Monday, he’ll be on La Crosse Talk PM to discuss mining, the Boundary Waters — mining the Boundary Waters — and, perhaps, compare that with some other projects happening in Wisconsin.

  • Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness - Wikipedia

    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW or BWCA), is a 1,090,000-acre (4,400 km 2) wilderness area within the Superior National Forest in northeastern part of the US state of Minnesota under the administration of the U.S. Forest Service.A mixture of forests, glacial lakes, and streams, the BWCAW's preservation as a primitive wilderness began in the 1900s and culminated in the Boundary ...

  • Trump Administration Opens BWCA Watershed to More ...

    May 15, 2019  The U.S. Department of the Interior today renewed two mining leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The decision opens what many consider a pristine watershed to mining by a ...

  • Feds renew copper-mining leases near Boundary Waters ...

    May 16, 2019  The Trump administration has renewed mineral leases for a Chilean mining company that is pursuing a copper mine near Minnesota's Boundary Waters, the latest step in

  • POLL: Minnesota opposed to mining near Boundary Waters ...

    Apparently, even mining near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is political. In a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota poll, 60 percent of registered voters oppose building new mines near the federally protected wilderness, while 22 percent support it. But, among Democrats, that number jumped to 80 percent opposed, while it dipped to just 37 []

  • MONDAY: Mining and Minnesota’s Boundary Waters on WIZM’s ...

    Mar 02, 2020  Former Minnesota DNR boss Tom Landwehr is now the executive director of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. Monday, he’ll be on La Crosse Talk PM to discuss mining, the Boundary Waters — mining the Boundary Waters — and, perhaps, compare that with some other projects happening in Wisconsin.

  • Trump Administration Opens BWCA Watershed to More ...

    May 15, 2019  The U.S. Department of the Interior today renewed two mining leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The decision opens what many consider a pristine watershed to mining by a ...

  • Feds renew copper-mining leases near Boundary Waters ...

    May 16, 2019  The Trump administration has renewed mineral leases for a Chilean mining company that is pursuing a copper mine near Minnesota's Boundary Waters, the latest step in

  • POLL: Minnesota opposed to mining near Boundary Waters ...

    Apparently, even mining near Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is political. In a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota poll, 60 percent of registered voters oppose building new mines near the federally protected wilderness, while 22 percent support it. But, among Democrats, that number jumped to 80 percent opposed, while it dipped to just 37 []

  • Mining in Minnesota's Boundary Waters under review - The ...

    Mining in Minnesota's Boundary Waters under review . Agencies taking comments on a potential ban on copper-nickel mining in watershed area that flows onto Boundary Waters.

  • Minnesotans opposed to new mining near Boundary Waters ...

    Feb 25, 2020  Minnesota voters overwhelmingly oppose new mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News Minnesota Poll. Statewide, 60% of registered Minnesota ...

  • - Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness

    On March 7, Governor Mark Dayton released a letter he sent to Twin Metals Minnesota, owned by international mining company Antofagasta, about the need to protect the Boundary Waters. The letter outlines his “grave concerns” about Twin Metals’ proposed massive sulfide-ore mining operation in the Boundary Waters Wilderness watershed.

  • Why Amy Klobuchar is bucking other Democrats on mining

    Stauber will help lead the fight against a new bill, H.R. 5598, from Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) to reinstate the Obama Boundary Waters mining ban (EE Daily, Jan 16). While her bill may pass in ...

  • Documents show how mining company behind Twin Metals ...

    Jul 07, 2020  Categories Mining Post navigation QUETICO SUPERIOR WILDERNESS NEWS Supporting the Protection of the Minnesota-Ontario border region and Superior National Forest including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Quetico Provincial Park, Voyageurs National Park, La Verendrye Provincial Park, Isle Royale National Park, and Lake Superior.Published by the Quetico

  • Trump brags of helping foreign company threaten Minnesota ...

    Apr 16, 2019  The mining Trump spoke of is a proposed copper and nickel mining operation near Ely – right on the border of the Boundary Waters. Its name: Twin Metals Minnesota. In 2016, the Obama ...

  • McCollum introduces bill to ban copper-nickel mining near ...

    The Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act, or H.R. 5598, is aimed only at banning sulfide-ore mining within the 220,000 acres of the Superior National Forest and ...

  • Minnesota proposes new legislation to ban mining near ...

    Jan 16, 2020  McCollum said that the Boundary Waters Wilderness Protection and Pollution Prevention Act, H.R. 5598, would protect more than 234,000 acres of federal wilderness lands and waters within the Superior National Forest and Rainy River watershed that lies outside the Boundary Waters from copper-nickel mining projects.

  • New lawsuit targets Minnesota's copper-nickel mining rules ...

    The rules, written in 1993, should be updated to ban mining in the same watershed as the BWCAW, Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters said.

  • A Chilean mining company lays claim to Minnesota’s water ...

    May 01, 2019  For example, Minnesota rules limit sulfate in wild rice waters to 10 milligrams per liter, but because the Boundary Waters are so pristine, even meeting that regulation would mean unprecedented ...