Reader's view: We can’t affort not to have PolyMetAmid all the recent activity surrounding PolyMet has been much debate about how the company’s operations will impact Minnesota and the natural resources we’ve grown to know and love.
Amid all the recent activity surrounding PolyMet has been much debate about how the company’s operations will impact Minnesota and the natural resources we’ve grown to know and love. What opponents don’t seem to realize is that not allowing PolyMet to do business in our area actually may hurt precious resources that have been such a major topic of debate. Eliminated would be millions of potential tax dollars that would be beneficial to our state’s natural-resource programs, parks and lands.
The type of mining PolyMet proposes is not the same type of mining our forefathers did. In other words, this ain’t your grandpa’s mine. Through modern science, chemistry, and revolutionary new methods, including reverse osmosis, PolyMet has figured out how to eliminate negative environmental effect. This is all laid out in the environmental impact statement that recently was released for public viewing and comment. PolyMet is a very responsible company that wants to do things the right way and is putting its plans all out in the open for everyone to see. The company has invested millions of dollars to make sure. And you can read all about it in the EIS.
If PolyMet is given the green light to start operations, it not only will create hundreds of direct, high-paying jobs much needed in the local economy it indirectly will generate millions of dollars through alternate sources, including contractors, vendors, local businesses, etc. Positive effects would be felt by many. The company also would generate huge amounts of money for the state of Minnesota in the form of tax revenue, which in turn, as we know, funds many of our state parks and natural resources.
So I ask all of you opposed to this opportunity: Can we afford not to let this happen?