Ely, MN– Today Becky Rom, National Chair of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, released the following statement on Chilean mining conglomerate Antofagasta's announced lawsuit against the Biden administration.
"The Biden administration's actions to protect the Boundary Waters were well-considered, consistent with legal precedent and established public policy, and reflect the will of Minnesotans and the American people. This lawsuit is destined to fail."
A vast collection of peer-reviewed science shows that if a Twin Metals mine were built along the rivers and streams flowing into the Wilderness pollution and environmental degradation would be certain. The Boundary Waters is the most heavily visited wilderness area in the United States, attracting more than 160,000 visitors from all over the world and helps drive more than $900 million in annual economic activity and helps support over 17,000 jobs. A peer-reviewed independent study from Harvard University showed that protecting the Boundary Waters from a proposed Twin Metals sulfide-ore copper mine would result in dramatically more jobs and more income over a 20-year period.