- Help us ensure the Minnesota Legislature asks the right questions next Tuesday (Feb 3) during their informational hearing on copper-nickel sulfide mine proposals like PolyMet and Twin Metals.
- Can you attend the hearing? 2:45 – 4:30 PM, Tuesday February 3rd, State Capitol
Paul Austin, Conservation Minnesota
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contriuting Editor Jim Fuller.
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31 January 2015 | Help us ensure the Minnesota Legislature asks the right questions next Tuesday during their informational hearing on copper-nickel sulfide mine proposals like PolyMet and Twin Metals.
Can you attend the hearing?
It's critical that we show our elected officials that Minnesotans are concerned about the impact of sulfide mine proposals on Minnesota's land, water, and way of life. Minnesotans deserve an answer on the following before this new type of mine is allowed to go forward:
1. How will state officials and the mining companies prevent a Mount Polley disaster from happening in Minnesota?
2. What has the DNR done to address over 58,000 comments on the PolyMet proposal?
3. What will the DNR and other agencies do to protect Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters from water pollution from this new type of mining?
4. How much money will Polymet be required to provide as a Damage Deposit?
5. Will the state ensure an entirely independent review with outside experts before the permit is granted to make sure that the specifications for the building of the tailings dam is adequate?
The Mining and Outdoor Recreation Committee has invited companies that want to mine sulfide ore in Northern Minnesota to testify and we must ensure the voices of Minnesotans are heard too. Will you join?
Who: You and everybody you know who has questions or is concerned about sulfide mining
What: Informational hearing on sulfide mining at the Minnesota Capitol
When: 2:45 – 4:30 PM, Tuesday February 3rd. We expect that the room will fill, so please arrive 30-60 minutes early to ensure you get a seat.
Where: Room 10, Minnesota State Office Building (100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, Minnesota 55155.)
Why: To show the depth of concern Minnesotans have about the impact of sulfide mining on our state
Thanks for all you do to protect Minnesota from sulfide mining pollution.
Paul Austin, Executive Director, Conservation Minnesota
Don't buy PolyMet's assurances on environmental outcomes of sulfide mining, David A. Lien, MinnPost
The prospective sulfide miners have grown fond of telling us that new technology will cure all ills associated with the inevitable acid-mine drainage (AMD) that ends up poisoning regional watersheds and waterways. But the sportsmen and women of northern Minnesota aren’t buying it, and neither should you.