Walz administration "made right decision" ending consideration of Twin Metals mine plan

Feb 15, 2022
Jeremy Drucker
MN Gov Walz Administration halts twin metals mine

Decision comes after Twin Metals lost two federal mineral leases key to its operation; includes concerns about toxic tailings storage next to Birch Lake

(ELY, MN)--Today Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters National Chair Becky Rom issued the following statement on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource's decision to end consideration of Twin Metals mine plan:

"The Walz administration made the right decision for Minnesota and the entire country. A Twin Metals mine next to the Boundary Waters would put at risk the pristine water, unique and fragile ecosystem, and thousands of jobs that depend on a thriving Wilderness."

Importantly, the decision to end consideration was not solely due to the loss of Twin Metals' federal mineral leases, but also because of concerns regarding its plan to store millions of tons of toxic tailings on the shore of Birch Lake, which flows directly into the Boundary Waters.