I read with concern the Nov. 13 column written by the executive director of Mining Minnesota and the executive director of the Range Association of Municipalities and Schools, a duo with clearly vested interests in promoting mining (Local View: "Minnesota mining projects are needed to meet global demand").

In the column, the protagonists seemed to assume there was a political motive in recent federal decisions to call for a two-year study and a mining moratorium on copper sulfide mining in Northeastern Minnesota. Apparently, they won't acknowledge the tremendous public concern all across Minnesota that no matter how much green energy and electric vehicles increase the demand for copper, nickel and cobalt, protecting water is more important than the mining of nonferrous metals where possibly irremediable consequences could result.

Their column concluded with an appeal to "do what's right." Since these metals have already been in the ground for some 4 billion years, it would seem that before they are extracted, patience would also be in order -- by both sides in the nonferrous mining debate -- for the completion of studies that have not been funded and provided by the very companies that would benefit from the mining permits in question.


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