Trump Administration Threatens Boundary Waters

Interior Department changes course, opens path to dangerous mining next to Boundary Waters.

The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, led by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, seeks permanent protection of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (and downstream Quetico Provincial Park and Voyageurs National Park) from the harm that derives from mining in sulfide-bearing ore especially with low grade concentrations of metallic minerals (less than 1%). Several mining companies proposed to develop sulfide-ore copper mines on lands within the watershed and upstream of the Boundary Waters. In 2016, the federal agencies responsible for hardrock mining on national forest lands denied renewal of the only two mineral leases in the Superior National Forest and commenced a two-year Environmental Impact Statement to examine the potential negative impact of sulfide-ore copper mining on Superior National Forest lands. On the Friday afternoon before Christmas, the Department of Interior announced a decision to reverse its 2016 denial of the two mineral leases held by Twin Metals. We will be challenging this new reversal.

Statement from Save the Boundary Waters Campaign Manager Doug Niemela on DOI's Twin Metals Decision:

"The Interior Department's decision is a big fat Christmas gift for a giant foreign mining corporation willing to do anything to exploit the watershed of Minnesota's crown jewel wilderness. It runs contrary to fact, contrary to the law, and contrary to the views of Minnesota voters who love the Boundary Waters and rely on it for thousands of jobs, world-class hunting and fishing, and some of the cleanest water on Earth. We plan to challenge this illegal decision in court."

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