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Wetland Swaps and Wetland Mitigation in Minnesota

Northeastern Minnesota is, for the most part in one form or another, wetlands. Lakes, rivers, swamps, bogs, marshes, etc. The two watersheds, the Rainy River and the Lake Superior, make up the largest fresh water system in the world. These watersheds are vital to the health and well being of every Minnesotan and it could […]

The Concern Widens over Copper Sulfide Mining in the Rainy River and Lake Superior Watersheds

Summary:

-“If someone said ‘name me a prosperous mining town,’ you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a name.” –Thomas Power, Ph.D., Chairman Univ. of Montana Economics Dept.[1] See Dr. Power’s Ely Presentation (similar talk recently given in Duluth) Here:

Minnesota Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) are a grassroots group of sportsmen and women who […]

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.

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Latest Labovitz Report-He who pays for the report pays for the results-don’t expect “fair and balanced.”

Benefits ONLY! We forgot Costs.

The latest report from the UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics (as reported on by the News Tribune in the Feb. 7 story, “UMD report underscores value of iron ore mining, potential for copper”), is business as usual in the world of mining in Minnesota.

Once again we […]

Are we making any progress? Not really! We’re fighting the same battle begun many years ago, as recently as 1990.

The greatest freshwater eco-system in the U.S. is STILL threatened by state policy and mining greed. Heart Warrior was sounding the alarm in 1990.

Our wells are running dry and the State of Minnesota has yet to realize the value of water. Hibbing in the cross-hairs.

*DNR water officials say it’s time for local communities to start making decisions on water, rather than the state, because the current rates of use are not sustainable.*

*Nature can’t keep up with demand, prompting disputes in some cities.* (Can you say Hibbing?)

It didn’t take Daniel Damm long to figure […]

Even IF

There are many serious and legitimate reasons why environmentalists, resort owners, and local residents are worried about the prospect of multiple copper/nickel mines here. I can’t understand why our elected representatives for the most part just give lip service to our concerns while working to expedite a hasty permitting process.

But, EVEN IF […]

Science and facts show a need for tight regulation of taconite mining

How is it possible that the Wisconsin legislature is ready to pass legislation to create fast-tracked, less-protective ferrous (iron) mining laws for what promises be the largest open-pit iron mine in the world with no scientific evidence to justify treating iron mining differently than other metallic mining?

If Gogebic Taconite proceeds with a proposal, its […]

Good Example of Bad Results from Exposed Sulfur Containing Rock

Vermilion Community College (VCC) in Ely, MN offers an excellent example of the bad results from water runoff of exposed rocks containing sulfur. A very thin band of exposed sulfur containing rock in the Greenstone outcropping in the VCC courtyard has produced a dead zone “downstream.” As you approach the massive Greenstone outcropping from the […]

“It’s a gamble…and we lose!”

Mr. Tom Coombe, Editor,The Ely Echo, Ely, MN

Dear Mr. Coombe: 30 July, 2012

I have just received my copy of the July-August issue of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine (shown here, of the exploration drill rig in Birch Lake) with an editorial and an article by John Myers on metallic sulfide mining in the forests […]