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“They (Polymet?) have the reputation of getting it right the first time!”

That statement is an exact quote from Minnesota Mining’s Frank Ongaro, made during a panel discussion at Vermilion Community College in 2008. That was before the dramatic failure of Polymet and its DEIS(Draft Environmental Impact Statement), which the EPA gave the worst rating possible.

If Polymet has an inkling of what they are doing why […]

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 […]

The late Jackpine Bob Cary, respected Ely elder, still speaks to us. Will we listen?

Environmentally, “We,re a spitten mess!”

In 2002, Bob Cary spoke at Vermilion Community College. He was one of about 20 speakers in a series called “Speaking of Wilderness” sponsored by the Sigurd Olson Listening Point Foundation. Mining, fishing, canoeing, Knife Lake, local Native American elders, the Ojibwa language (which he studied in his […]

Go Polymet! Puff Piece Idealizing Sulfide Mining

It’s the Laptop!

View Video Here: Go Polymet Go! “Polymet says yes to some of life’s biggest questions.” (add your big questions you’d like Polymet to answer.) This Polymet/Glencore (Click here to see what Glencore is all about.) puff piece starts with an attractive surprised young blond looking down at a diamond ring. […]

“Boom, Bust, Boom” author: Copper mining should not be done in certain places!

View Presentation by Bill Carter author of “Boom, Bust, Boom”

In a speech to an overflowing crowd at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn., author and filmmaker Bill Carter talked about copper mining and the copper industry around the world. He talked about what he learned in doing research for his book “Boom, Bust, […]

Why should we protect our aquifers and wetlands in Northern Minnesota?

(Published: Saturday 19 January 2013 in Nation of Change)

After Hurricane Sandy swept through the northeast of the United States late October 2012, millions of New Yorkers were left for days without electricity. But they still had access to drinking water, thanks to New York City’s reliance on protected watershed areas for potable water.

Instead […]

Facts and Fairy-Tales about Polymet’s proposal for a Sulfide Mine in N.E. Minnesota

Paula Maccabee, General Counsel and Advocacy Directory for Water Legacy at Ely Tuesday Group, August 6, 2013. A larger group than usual attended this event and many, from the questions asked and concerns shared, were new to the topic of Sulfide mining. From the response of the crowd, they were very appreciative of the work […]

Nancy Schuldt, Water Projects Coordinator for Fon Du Lac talks about water quality & Hard Rock Mining

Nancy Schuldt from the Fon Du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa talks about the significant problems hard rock mining has caused to the St. Louis River and the Lake Superior Watershed. She also discusses the water quality problems posed by the proposed Sulfide Mining in this region. You can view here talk at VCC […]

BWCAW Ecosystem Changes by Lee Frehlich, University of Minnesota

Polar Amplification is one climate element changing Minnesota

Significant changes in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Ecosystem are underway do to climate change and invasive species. Lee Frehlich is the Director of the U of M, Center for Hardwood Ecology. He teaches courses in Forest Fire Ecology and Landscape Ecology […]

June 1, 2013 Canoeing the American Rivers Designated Endangered Kawishiwi River & Meeting at Sustainable Ely Headquarters

On June 1, 2013 citizens concerned about the threats of Copper Sulfide Mining in our region met to canoe the Kawishiwi River, recently listed by American Rivers as one of the top 10 most endangered rivers in the U.S. Later in the day the canoeists and other concerned citizens met at the Sustainable Ely Headquarters […]