Minnesotans have a chance to think globally, mine locally
Duluth News Tribune
April 7, 2007
Northern Minnesotans will soon be asked to weigh in on an important decision that will have long-term effects on the area: How should we steward the immense copper-nickel-precious metal resources that occur between Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes? PolyMet, a Canadian mining company, seeks a state permit to mine part of this ore deposit while other companies evaluate similar deposits for development. Much of the discussion thus far has focused on legitimate environmental concerns surrounding the potential for acid mine drainage associated with mining metal sulfide ore. However, an honest and open discussion requires that we consider all critical issues.
Channeling Al Gore, we need to bear in mind other inconvenient truths about our interactions with the planet.