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Twin Metals wants in on lawsuits

Twin Metals has filed motions to intervene in the recent lawsuits challenging the federal government’s decision to reinstate the company’s mineral leases in the Superior National Forest.

The lawsuits, filed by environmental and conservation groups, challenge the Trump administration's decision last month to overturn an Obama-era ruling by the U.S. Forest Service and Interior Department that took away the company’s leases.

Without the federal mineral leases the company could not continue to plan its proposed underground copper mine southwest of Ely, along the Kawishiwi River, just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

“Twin Metals believes it is entitled to participate in the litigation given the impacts the outcome will have on the company’s established property rights,” the company said Thursday in a statement.