As we approach a decision on the Polymet Copper Mine …

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As Governor Dayton proposes funding for a study to determine Polymet’s finances at the present moment, I wonder how possible it would be to determine those finances into the distant future? Are there any reassurances possible that will predict this corporation’s ability or willingness to clean up the inevitable long term effects of copper mining pollution, into perpetuity? Shouldn’t we consider the already abundant information that promises otherwise?

Grateful that the Governor will be exploring other mines in other areas, I wonder,  is there any other area quite like that proposed in St Louis County on the borders of the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area?  Pollution from mining ore has already done harm in this ecologically fragile area, at the heart and head of three great rivers, and Lake Superior, along Giants Ridge and the Laurentian Divide, in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota.

Will we learn from our own experience and say no to any further degradation of an area so rich in natural beauty and a most essential commodity, water?

You will find several articles linked below concerning this area and the proposed copper mine::

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/29/polymet-dayton

http://www.kare11.com/story/news/politics/2015/10/24/tour-of-mines-precedes-daytons-tough-polymet-decision/74538374/

http://www.hibbingmn.com/news/local/dayton-all-in-on-polymet/article_04a57e9a-79f0-11e5-ab2d-4fb882a0a823.html

http://blogs.twincities.com/politics/2015/10/22/dayton-undecided-polymet-says-ultimate-decision-will/

https://anitatillemans.wordpress.com/?s=Arrowhead

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