[ View the story "Minnesota mining controversy" on Storify] Minnesota mining controversy
AJAMStream· Thu, Oct 24 2013 12:09:31
If you use a computer or cell phone or drive a car, you're benefiting from mining. But is mining the best industry for the state of Minnesota? That's the question Minnesotans are
in light of a proposed copper-nickel mine, which would be the first for the state.
A company called
hopes to mine in northern Minnesota in an area known as the Iron Range. This region was home to the state's iron and steel mining, but those industries have died off in the past few decades. PolyMet hopes to revitalize the once vibrant industry with this new mine.
PolyMet Mining: Inspiring a New Era in Minnesota Miningpolymetmining
PolyMet boasts job creation and an economic boost from the proposed mining project. But conservation groups and concerned citizens fear the possible environmental and health impacts.
Keep the Boundary Waters Free of Toxic Mining Pollutionamericanrivers
Minnesota residents have taken the mining debate to the internet.
Required water treatment for hundreds of years in exchange for 350 jobs for 20 years. Hmmm, what to choose, what to choose.....comments.startribune.com
@ajam @AJAMStream Majority of people already have jobs in MN. Unethical behavior shouldn't be allowed in our state. #Respect the environmentEBRA
This is proof that the tree huggers will continue to dominate NE Minnesota as nothing more than a tourist trap. Let them have the over taxed, frozen tundra with jobs that pay nothing more than minimum wage.comments.startribune.com
We all want the good mining jobs, and we want the mining to be done right. Following the rules and regs is a must, but fighting the constant delays with lawsuits by enviro groups because they don't want any economic development in NE MN is infuriating!Nancy Gornik McReady
Some people have raised concerns about PolyMet's roots - it's a Canadian company with partial Swiss ownership. Other companies who've expressed interest in mining the region are foreign as well.
Why is a Canadian copper mining company, Polymet, who is backed and partially owned by a Swiss mining conglomeration, Glencore, mining northeastern Minnesota for copper that will be shipped to China?protectourmanoomin.org
Congressman Chip Cravaack (R-Minnesota) has expressed support for the Polymet project in the House of Representatives, saying it's an issue of economic prosperity and national security.
Cravaack: PolyMet must get donerepchipcravaack