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Minnesota’s Big Mistake

Big Mistake, Many Makes Relying on Mining Instead of Lakes What good will it do to be the Land of 10,000 polluted lakes with no wild rice or potable water? Well, I suppose, if the water is no good, maybe California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nevada, all running out of water, won’t […]

Minnesota and mining: Our children, our waters and wild rice are political pawns

CC/Flickr/Brett Whaley

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) announcement came just two weeks before public comments were due for PolyMet’s Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement. PolyMet’s proposed NorthMet Mine is the first in a long line of sulfide mining projects aimed at turning Minnesota’s Superior National Forest, the lake country of the Arrowhead, into […]

Mike Clark, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, speaking at Sigurd Olson Lecture Series

The 2014 Sigurd Olson Lecture Series is the 15th year these lectures have been given. This year Mike Clark of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition stated that he is unaware of anyplace where sulfide mining has occurred that there was not significant pollution as a result. He described how his coalition stopped mining in Yellowstone National […]

Glencore the Beast – You should know about Glencore!

Glencore, a Swiss commodities company with a controlling stock interest in PolyMet, is the major financier of the mining company, which has no current income. Some say that it’s unclear whether Glencore would have any legal responsibility for long–term pollution control costs. However, it is quite clear that Glencore would not under any circumstances accept […]

Political Mayhem regarding Copper Mining for a region of Minnesota better known for clean air, beautiful lakes and recreational forests.

If you have even briefly studied the issues surrounding sulfide ore mining, an extremely toxic inefficient mining process at best, one wonders what politicians are thinking when they waffle about suggesting the environment will be protected while they mine, log and lease the hell out of these lands. Maybe the Smothers Brothers said […]

Dill’s Solution to the Water Threat of Sulfide Ore Mining in the Duluth Complex

Dill’s Pickle & Solution

Rebecca Otto puts Minnesota Tax Payers first and outrages the mining-at-any-cost legions

Maybe Babbitt’s Welcome Sign should read as above.

This picture of the Babbitt Welcome sign area epitomizes the incorrigible nature of the “Mine, Log, and Lease the Hell Out of These Lands” crowd. They can not tolerate one dissenting vote without shouting “Dump Otto” from all the bully pulpits of Northeastern Minnesota. The statements […]

Pebble can’t work for Alaska and Polymet can’t work for Minnesota!

One of the best definitions I’ve ever heard for insanity is the inability to see similarities or the inability to see differences. The differences are obvious Alaska–Minnesota. The similarities striking. Can you see the similarities?


Mine permitting is neither rigorous nor scientific. Disagree? Name one mine that did not proceed because […]

Physicians and Scientists know about the horrible effects of Mercury on human health…why don’t politicians and the MPCA?

A recent commentary by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine (“The MPCA’s mercury move, explained,” April 22), argued that when it comes to mercury pollution, there is “a debate about tactics, not whether to take action.” But two recent choices demonstrate a stunning lack of urgency on the part of Minnesota government.


Will you be able to tell your Grandchilden you did everything you could to protect the Lake Superior and Rainy River Watersheds?

I’ve been haunted by Fletcher Freeman’s letter (4/6/13 Ely Echo), in which he says that “sulfide mining is going to happen” because the rich “don’t let rules, regulations and laws get in their way.” Based on his experience with millionaires and billionaires in Texas, Fletcher knows that they can, and will, buy legislators and special […]