Mining and the BWCA: Not this location

The Star Tribune Editorial Board has taken the position that the Twin Metals copper-nickel mining project near the BWCA should not proceed. That editorial and others leading up to it are collected here. Responses will be added as they are published.

Twin Metals land looking down Birch Lake: Aerial view of Birch Lake showing the land that would become an underground mine (left) and additional land

Twin Metals proposal: Not this mine. Not this location.

The proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely unambiguously threatens the waters of the BWCA and beyond. Evidence that regulatory processes can help matters has grown slim.

Courses of action: How to protect the Boundary Waters

November 23
Leaders in both St. Paul and Washington have options.

Editorial counterpoint from Twin Metals: Let the mine permit process work

November 30
Why not let Minnesotans learn whether the project stands up to scrutiny?

Readers Write: Twin Metals mine and the BWCA, a Christmas list for politicians

December 6
Minnesota can't even protect its non-wilderness waters.

Readers Write: Praise, criticism for Twin Metals editorial, plus an alternative

November 30
Plus: EPA policy on water, and hunting genetically enhanced animals.

Concerns about Twin Metals shouldn't take back seat to PolyMet

September 27
Proposed copper-nickel mine will use new waste storage method. But is it safe for the BWCA?

It's up to Gov. Walz to end secrecy over Twin Metals mine

August 23
State is not powerless as feds keep wraps on study of risks to BWCA.

Sonny Perdue owes Minnesotans an explanation during visit

August 7
Why can't the public see the science it paid for?

Why the Trump administration secrecy on BWCA mining study?

May 24
Imperious response from administration should prompt state congressional delegation to act.

End the secrecy and release federal BWCA study

April 13
Keeping the data and analysis under wraps suggests there is something to hide.

Add time for public input on Twin Metals project

February 5
Federal agency makes it seem citizen input isn't wanted on mining.
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