STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Speaker pledges no 2014 mining bills
By Don Davis
The Minnesota House speaker will not allow any legislation to pass this year setting an amount PolyMet Mining Corp. should set aside to fix environmental damage done by its proposed coppe... Posted on 2/18/14 at 7:40 PM
STAFF BLOG EH? PLUS Northshore mercury roundup
Residents of Silver Bay and Babbitt are invited to turn in their old mercury-laden products and old electronics free of charge during two events sponsored by Cliffs Natural Resources Northshore Mini... Posted on 6/11/13 at 12:00 AM
HEALTHY TIDBITS Mining, Polluted Water, Big Business
We all have heard of toxins in the water. The wheels go round and round.Unfortanately lots of big businsses contribute to these in a community from dumping into the lake, to burning plastic (hospital)... Posted on 4/13/10 at 3:06 AM
RINK & RUN A Houghton Prediction
This prediction from Brandon Veale, sports editor of the Houghton Mining Gazette, leading to Friday's Minnesota Duluth at Michigan Tech series:
Before you declare this series... Posted on 2/4/10 at 3:15 PM
In my opinion, the sulfide mine proposed by PolyMet Corp. to be placed near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Lake Superior would have a net negative impact for the area. In the short term the promise of jobs is attractive, but in the long term the environment will be irreversibly degraded.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached a settlement with the Fond du Lac and Grand Portage bands of Lake Superior Chippewa and two environmental groups over the sulfate discharge from the Mesabi Nugget iron nugget plant near Hoyt Lakes.
A natural resource under consideration for development (copper-nickel) in northern Minnesota does mean jobs (needed jobs), and there is no reason why it should not be looked into. With the right technology there should be a way of doing it with as little damage as possible. Our state needs the jobs, and there should be a solution to the pollution problem.
I’m writing in response to the Feb. 28 article describing the concerns of 19 “physicians, nurses and medical school faculty” regarding the proposed PolyMet mining project (“Potential PolyMet health effects concern doctors”).
VIRGINIA — In his first 100 days on the job, Gary Halverson closed Canada’s third largest iron ore mine, halted a chromite mining project in Ontario and worked to fend off a Wall Street demand that his company split up.
In his first 100 days on the job, Gary Halverson closed Canada’s third largest iron ore mine, halted a chromite mining project in Ontario and worked to fend off a Wall Street demand that his company split up. Other than that, it was mostly uneventful for the new president and chief executive officer of Cliffs Natural Resources.
Leaders of Mining Truth, a group opposed to proposed copper-nickel mining, responded last month to a News Tribune report on PolyMet CEO Jon Cherry’s comments in Duluth regarding misinformation being used against the NorthMet Project.
Federal District Judge Miles Lord yesterday ordered Reserve Mining Co. to present a plan for on-land disposal of taconite tailings by March 15. Lord’s ruling followed testimony from Reserve witnesses that such a plan exists.
It seems like every other month or so Essar Steel Minnesota is in the news, and the news usually isn’t good for the fledgling taconite company that broke ground in 2008 and has all its permits in place but still isn’t producing any iron ore.
It seems the News Tribune’s Feb. 13 editorial (Our View: “Dispel this PolyMet myth”) wanted readers to think recent changes to groundwater model inputs will not substantially change the PolyMet project’s impacts; therefore, the apparent myth that increased hydrology will more adversely affect the groundwater can be dispelled.
It has been written that those who can see both sides of a disagreement don’t have any money tied up either way. With regard to the proposed Gogebic and PolyMet mining projects, because of promised jobs, one group stands to profit a lot. So what’s there to lose?
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