Posts tagged ‘headwaters’

October 25, 2015

As we approach a decision on the Polymet Copper Mine …

Mn lake and loon

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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July 5, 2014

Defenders of our Wilderness

Wolves in Minnesota stand at the forefront of our wilderness, a wilderness that is increasingly under stress from development.  That development includes unsustainable practices of mining ore and delivering crude underground in pipes through the heart of our aquifers in this state.

Wolves, in fact, create a healthier more viable world by gleaning old and diseased animals from the stock of deer, moose and other prey.  As hunters’ traps are set out, how many domestic animals will be killed again this coming hunt.

These creatures are an apex preditor and, therefore, not like any other fur-bearing animal – rabbit, fox, beaver …. and yet the Minnesota legislature decided to list them as small game, refusing, as well to stand by the promise of a five-year hunting moratorium until numbers and viability of wolf populations in this state could be determined.

Please take a look at the marvelous video at kickstarter.com projects 645287247 medicine of the wolf and link below:

http://www.howlingforwolves.org/TakeAction

Trophy hunting and the destruction of a treasure like this should be haulted and our priorities reconsidered as we all stand at a crossroads.  What will we choose?