Reader's view: Foolish to risk environment for proposed mineI am deeply opposed to PolyMet’s plan to mine copper and other minerals in northern Minnesota. Sulfide mines are unsafe, unsightly and unwise for the future, I feel.
I am deeply opposed to PolyMet’s plan to mine copper and other minerals in northern Minnesota. Sulfide mines are unsafe, unsightly and unwise for the future, I feel.
In a time when clean water is in short supply over the Earth, it seems very foolish to risk spoiling one of the last remaining places on the planet where very clean water exists. Not to mention spoiling Minnesota’s precious natural heritage. I don’t see how our one-of-a-kind Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness would not be harmed by this new type of mining.
It seems we are trading short-term gains for long-term damages. Anyone who has studied sulfide mining is hard pressed to name a place on Earth where it has been done without significant damage.
In addition, PolyMet is from Canada. Minnesotans should not have to watch our wealth of natural beauty and clean water be taken away, especially by a foreign corporation with no ties to our history and land but only with a desire to enrich itself and with the very good chance it later will pull up stakes and leave a mess for Minnesota taxpayers to clean up.
We don’t need the mine. Jobs created are minimal due to automation in most modern mining operations. And if you look at regions (Appalachia, the Southwest and the Iron Range) where mining has been the tradition, it has not improved economic conditions. Most such regions are depressed. Boom-and-bust economies only take energy from towns that could be more focused on renewable kinds of business like tourism.
It’s time to recycle what we have and to conserve. Our land is worth more than gold.