There seems to be a lot of controversy surrounding the issuing of permits to Twin Metals, basically a foreign company, which wants to mine for copper and nickel close to the pristine Boundary Waters area in northern Minnesota. I say give the company the permits — but only under the following provision.

The CEO, president, all corporate officers, and anyone who puts in 10% or more of the initial financing must first sign a "confession of judgment," providing that if there is an environmental catastrophe, they don't just pay a fine and say they’re sorry, but it was an act of god, or, “Gee, who could have seen that coming?”

The provisions of this judgment would include, among other things, that, rather than paying a fine that wouldn’t be enough to repair the damage caused, they waive any court defenses and appeals, waive extradition resistance claims, and authorize the state of Minnesota, if necessary, to hire bounty hunters to pluck them up wherever on earth they are hiding and bring them to a hardcore prison like the one in Stillwater, Minnesota, to serve 10-year sentences without early-release possibilities.

I bet this would pretty much guarantee there would be no corners cut or environmental carelessness in the development of the Twin Metals mine.

Just for fun, look up "confession of judgment" on the internet or in Black's Law Dictionary. My suggested course of action would be an unusual application of this judgment concept. Details would have to be fleshed out, but this might be worth a try and end the controversy.

Ken Kollodge