Greg Seitz

Greg Seitz is a writer and communications consultant focused on clean water, arts, culture, and history, outdoor recreation, wilderness, and rivers. Born and bred in Stillwater, Greg is the founder and editor of stcroix360.com, a community news and stewardship resource serving the St. Croix River region. He served as Communications Director for the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness from 2008 to 2013. Visit his website at www.gregseitz.com or follow him on Twitter at @gregseitz.

The truth about sulfide mining

Posted by: Greg Seitz Updated: February 28, 2012 - 11:45 AM

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is working hard to share the truth about sulfide mining with our fellow Minnesotans. We feel this is important because we have heard a lot from PolyMet, Twin Metals and other companies proposing this new form of mining in our state that they will practice “environmentally safe mining,” but they have not presented a single piece of evidence to back that claim up.

The evidence that is available proves a much different reality. For example, last month the Environmental Protection Agency released its annual survey of pollution discharges in the country. Mining operations similar to what PolyMet and Twin Metals propose was once again identified as the single biggest polluter in the country, responsible for 41 percent of all toxic releases.

If Minnesota is going to consider allowing this new type of mining here, its citizens deserve to know the truth. The Friends released five short videos this month to get the facts out about what this mining could mean for our state.

Please watch the videos and share them with your friends and family!

The sulfide mining issue is the inspiration for an epic dogsled trip starting in Grand Marais and Ely this week, and traveling all the way to the State Capitol for a rally next Thursday. Check out our friend Paul Austin of Conservation Minnesota's blog post about the trip and what it means.

Overview of mine proposals

Threats to clean water

Sulfide mining's history of pollution

Mine proposals could harm northern Minnesota's existing economy

What we can do to protect our lakes, rivers and economy

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