In light of the ongoing process to permit the Polymet to mine copper in Babbitt with a processing center in Hoyt Lakes, I am reposting my article first published in November, 2012:
A view of Northern Minnesota as the battle rages for copper, sulfide mining near the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area.
In the heart of the proposed copper mining, northern Minnesota
What is more precious to our survival than water?
Dedication in Chisholm to the Iron Miners
What harm could mining do? Is there a better way? Recycling perhaps?
Hull Rust iron mine in 2012
an “earth mover” at the Hibbing mine
A view from the steel lookout above the Hibbing mine November, 2012
Can the land and waters of these mines be reclaimed essentially?
Could dimensions of copper-sulfide mining reach the proportions of the Hull Rust Mine in Hibbing Minnesota? Babbitt, a doorway to the BWCA at Birch Lake and the location of the proposed NorthMet copper mine, is located in the Laurentian Uplands, a recharge area for three of the greatest river systems in North America.
Will we trade the health of our water for a copper mine?
Hull Rust Mine, the “Grand Canyon” of Minnesota 2012
… near the Boundary Water Canoe Wilderness Area.
A view along Highway 1, already at risk
… a grove of birch along Highway 1 on the road to Ely, Mn where lumbering, taconite mining and the effects of acid rain can be seen …
What will be left once copper mining has begun in earnest?