Like many Minneapolis residents, I choose to live in Minnesota in part because of the fantastic natural amenities we have here — clean water, open spaces and nationally significant wild lands.
Unfortunately, the best of those resources are significantly threatened by proposals to build new sulfide mines in northeastern Minnesota. Polymet, a Canadian company, has proposed building a new open pit mine near Hoyt Lakes — right between the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior. Unlike the taconite mines that many Minnesotans are accustomed to, Polymet would primarily be mining for copper and nickel — metals that exist within bodies of sulfide ore. Sulfide ore has the potential to generate sulfuric acid runoff — battery acid, essentially — and that is exactly what’s happened at each and every mine of this type in North America. We can’t let this happen to Minnesota.
On Jan. 28, the Minnesota DNR and associated Federal agencies are holding a public hearing at the St. Paul Rivercentre to hear concerns from members of the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the formal presentation and public comment period begins at 6:45 p.m.
If you share my love for Minnesota’s iconic natural places, please consider participating in this critical opportunity.