As we move forward into a new era where the prospect of fossil fuels has become a nemesis to our survival long range, there are major decisions we must make concerning how we will transition to a new energy economy without destroying the natural resources we need so dearly … like water.
Copper has become an “essential” tool in the new age economy, but how do we “mine” this resource sustainably without endangering our natural resources? I suggest that mining in a water dependent area like the Arrowhead is not the way.
As the State of Minnesota moves forward with the permitting of a copper mine (Polymet’s NorthMet project) in the center of this ecological treasure (approval of which both Governor Dayton and Amy Klobuchar have supported) lawsuits are in progress. In an effort to defend the state’s bad decision under the direction of our new governor, the taxpayers, unwittingly, will be paying for the defense of something the majority of Minnesotans did not want … and in the long run, once begun and into perpetuity, will also pay the consequences.
As an additional note of great consequence the comment period for the Enbridge Pipeline #3 pending permits is open until May 17, 2019; and you can comment here. I have also included the link to my article What we should all know about Enbridge’s replacement line 3 in Minnesota.
For the sake of our wilderness let’s make our voices heard.
Some articles of interest on Polymet and the Northmet Project:
Enbridge comment period open from March 18 to 4:30 p.m. May 17, 2019: