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Minnesotans - Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

  • Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the proposed PolyMet mine
  • We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior. Do the right thing!
  • Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Not mentioning the hundreds of leaky tailings dams or the potential catastrophic breaches that will likely occur

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Part 1: Minnesotans: Stop the Proposed PolyMet Mine

Susan Flygare,

February 13, 2018 | I'm Susan Flygare, a MoveOn member in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I started a petition to Governor Mark Dayton, which says:

Water is our most precious resource. Copper sulfide mines have over a 90% failure rate after closing. Minnesota has some of the purest water left in the world. The proposed PolyMet mine endangers the headwaters, the St. Louis River and Lake Superior. PolyMet has a terrible environmental record. Sign now: Do not put the mine in the headwaters. Sign Susan's petition.

Governor Dayton has been misinformed about the high standards of review at the Department of Natural Resources. I respectfully ask him to review the work of the attorneys for The Friends of the Boundary Waters or read the public testimony from the hearing in Duluth on February 8.
Please get the facts and find a better way to bring jobs to our fellow citizens in Northern Minnesota. We can do better than endangering our ground water, rivers, and Lake Superior, which we share with other states and Canada. Do the right thing! Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends. 


Susan Flygare

Part 2: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures view of the Animas River, a once famous Colorado trout river, after millions of gallons of toxic sludge spilled from an abandoned hard rock mine tailings pond (August 5, 2015), sending more than 880,000 pounds of heavy metals, including aluminum, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and nickel and zinc (plus cyanide and asbestos) into a smaller tributary upstream. The Animas River eventually drains into the Colorado River.

(Not Mentioning the Hundreds of Leaky Tailings Dams or the Potential Catastrophic Breaches that will Likely Occur if Copper/Nickel/Sulfide Mining is Allowed in Northern Minnesota)

Gary G. Kohls, Special to Evergreene Digest

April 24, 2018 | The following group of 5 photographs were taken after the catastrophic Teton River (Idaho) Dam failure that occurred on June 5, 1976. The earthen dam was 305 feet high and held back a 17 mile-long reservoir. The dam breach resulted in the worst man-made disaster in Idaho’s history.
Two small Idaho towns downstream from the Teton River Dam, Wilford and Sugar City, were wiped from the map in the flood by a 10 foot-high wall of water. Thousands of farm animals were drowned as were several people. The towns of Hibbard, Rexburg and Roberts were also largely flooded, as was Idaho Falls. In some places houses were under as much as 10 feet of water.

Gary G. Kohls is a retired physician who writes about issues of war, peace, justice, mental health and nonviolence and feels it is important to mix religion and non-partisan politics. 

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  • Part A: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Part B: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures
  • Part C: Duty to Warn - A Sampling of 16 Earthen Dam Failures

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