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Tom Emmer and Ely Mayor Roger Skraba on Mining Jobs
Tom Emmer talked at Duluth Metals in Ely with Mayor Roger Skraba about growing mining jobs in the Iron Range on Friday, August 6, 2010.
Views: 780 EmmerForGovernor
17 Level (Pioneer Mine Operations)
Five underground iron mines operated in Ely, Minnesota over eight decades. The miners and the mines contributed to the building of a community and the production of steel to build America. Over half of the ore extracted in Ely came from the Pioneer Mine. When those mines ceased operations, another clear Minnesota lake was created. Here's how the mining was done. Written by John B Pouchnik and Doug Luthanen Produced by Doug Luthanen Original theme song "Hematite" by The Forty Miners Visit the Ely Miners Memorial in Ely, MInnesota. Their work must be remembered. copyright 2014
Views: 3702 mEloothnin
Ely Mn Vacation!
I like to vacation here and have for many years. If your interested in the video and the location check them out online. Thanks for watching and Please subscribe. www.customcabins.com
Views: 320 Michael J Berg
Environmentalists Call Mining Plan OK "Premature"
A proposed northern Minnesota mining project that is politically and environmentally controversial has cleared a big hurdle, but still has a long way to go before construction can begin. On Thursday, Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources deemed the PolyMet mine’s Final Environmental Impact Statement “adequate”. The study and approval took six years. Leaders from Minnesota environmental organizations, and even Governor Mark Dayton, argue there is more work to be done. At a press conference, Dayton noted that with the approval of the PolyMet final environmental impact statement, government officials, PolyMet, and others can begin the real work of making sure the proposed Northmet copper mining project helps bolster Minnesota’s economy, while also preserving and sustaining the environment. PolyMet’s next steps are the completion of 23 permits at the local, state, and federal level. “That’s where the real environmental review, as far as I am concerned, is going to take place to determine that this is going to be a project that will be entirely as safe as humanly possible for the environment now and in the years to follow and furthermore, that the company will commit to the hard currency necessary to guarantee Minnesotans that if something were to go untoward during the life of the project, which is estimated to be about 20 years thereafter, that burden will not fall on Minnesota taxpayers. This rigor begins now and we’ll proceed from there,” Governor Dayton said.. Dayton says the state is also preparing for a lawsuit. He expects the losing side will sue. His administration will have final say on approving the project and he says he remains “genuinely undecided” on approving it. So environmental groups are urging concerned citizens to contact the governor to express their opinion. Minnesota environmentalists remain concerned that the proposed mine will have a longstanding effect of Minnesota’s waterways. “The DNR announced that they found the Environmental Impact Statement to be adequate. We are not surprised by that decision, but we are disappointed, because there is still a whole host of unresolved issues that Minnesotans have been bringing up over and over again,” said Aaron Klemz Advocacy Director for Friends of the Boundary Waters. Klemz called the DNR's OK "premature" and said the permitting phase of the project is not as transparent and could lead to "back room" discussions between regulators and PolyMet that the public will not be able to see. Klemz believes there are two main problems with the proposed mining project: the unknown direction of the waterflow and its potential impact on the Boundary waters, as well as the lack of protection for the 8,000 acres of wetlands found at the proposed mine site. According to the environmental impact statement, the proposed mine would cause 41,000 tons day waste rock, disturb 2,177 acres vegetation, and impact both lynx & wolves. It would also bring a total of 800 jobs to the area, of which 360 would be full-time, and the remaining would be temporary construction jobs. PolyMet is planning on mining for copper, nickel, and other precious metals for upwards of twenty years. The Sierra Club Northstar Chapter also released a statement today, “This determination is disappointing, given the enormous risks of PolyMet’s deeply flawed sulfide mine proposal and the many questions left unanswered by the Final Environmental Impact Statement. The FEIS failed to fully evaluate pollution risks and health impacts and shows that the project would pose an unacceptable threat to Lake Superior – degradation of surface water, groundwater, and wetlands, and harm to endangered and threatened wildlife,” says Margaret Levin, the Sierra Club State Director. The final environmental impact statement was a 3,500 page document. It received 58,000 comments from Minnesotans and was discussed by 4,000 Minnesotans in three public hearings held in 2014. The proposed mine site is in ...
Views: 108 Michael McIntee
Working Road Trip, and The Mesabi Iron Range
I traveled recently to Grand Rapids Mn to help out with a welding project at Ponsse. There main man was out west so I filled in. I got the work done and decided to take a day and drive up the Ely Mn and explore. This may be a little boring but it wasn't for me. I enjoyed the drive through the iron range. Please like, share, and Subscribe.
Views: 421 Michael J Berg
Ely, Minnesota -- Ely Miners Memorial
Stains of Toil (Ely Miners Memorial) They came from Ljubljana, sailed from Trieste From Finland and Cornwall, then they came west. They heard of the place they all looked for Where under the forest hid rich iron one. They went to the captain and in their own way They hired on quickly -- started that day. They crowded in cages and went underground And built a future for family and town. CHORUS Those were the miners who left behind The stains of toil from the ore they mined Their work, their aches, chills and pain Built our city and the lives we gained. They drilled and then blasted raises and drifts And nights merged with days on rotating shifts They worked on contract and earned their pay Respecting the bosses but having their say. They built our houses and drank in saloons And boisterously sang their old country tunes And loved their families and gave us more Than eighty-eight years of hematite ore. CHORUS The underground mines they hummed with pride Deeper they dug and ever more wide They built our schools -- won a war Scraping and tugging the blue iron ore. The mines are still -- yet ore remains. We must remember our fortune and gains. Miners who came here and sweated and died Built our foundation and gave us our pride. A toast to the miners who left behind The stains of toil from the ore they mined. Performed by The Forty Miners: George Faber, Tim Snow, and Doug Luthanen Copyright Doug Luthanen 2013 Visit the Ely Miners Memorial
Views: 10944 mEloothnin
Minnesota Politicians Endorse the PolyMet Mine.
Before the PolyMet Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Sen. Senator David Tomassoni, Sen. Tom Bakk, and Rep. Tom Rukavina strongly favor it. Bakk and Rukavina are DFL Governor candidates. All not only argue jobs, but offer multiple green arguments too. After the DEIS presentation, I talk to Ely Mayor Roger Skraba about the PolyMet, and other prospective non-ferrous mines.
Views: 630 Michael McIntee
Duluth Mine Exploration - Part 2 - Lower Workings
LINK to Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=oIxDGfKAVYk While escaping an early Fall snowstorm in remote Nevada, we managed to find the upper and lower adits of the Duluth Mine. It's in danger of being destroyed by nearby pit mining operations, so we wanted to document as much as possible, while still being mildly entertaining. The Duluth is an old gold mine, founded sometime in the early 1900's, and often referred to as the Bruner, or one of several other names. It doesn't have quite the storied history of other mines in the area, but it was interesting to visit, even if it we had to make it hasty. Once again, I have to say - the BFG AT KO2 tires on the Blue Ox did a fine job, and all 3 trucks on this trip were running that tire in various sizes. https://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/tire/bf-goodrich/all-terrain-t-a-ko2 To answer a couple of questions, we use the Honeywell BW Clip gas meters to make sure the mine atmosphere is safe. http://www.honeywellanalytics.com/en/products/BW-Clip They can be had brand new for short money, and they can be had for even less if they have already been activated. For example, you can find them on eBay for $30-$45 with 20-22 months left on them. Pretty slick!
Views: 643 DesertDog Exploring
Ely Pioneer Mine
A brief video showing the second to last underground mine shaft elevator engine house in Minnesota. It is on the list of National Register of Historic Places. This particular mine produced over 41 million tons of iron ore in it's lifetime. Enjoy !!!
Views: 489 AmishDaveArcher
Copper Mining should NOT be done in certain places!
In a speech at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minn., author and filmmaker Bill Carter talked about copper mining and the copper industry around the world. He talked about what he learned in doing research for his book "Boom Bust Boom" and his concern for his family and friends in Bisbee, Ariz., and Bristol Bay, Alaska. He concluded, due to the always-present extremely large piles of hazardous waste material generated by copper mining, there are some places where copper mining absolutely should not be done. Bristol Bay in Alaska and the Arrowhead Region of Northeastern Minnesota are two such places. It is too late for Bisbee, Ariz., and numerous other historical copper mining districts as the permanent damage to the land and water has already been done.
Iron Range Mine Pits
The crew took a trip up to virginia to swim at the mine pits. Everybody threw down. Everybody had a great time. http://vimeo.com/28277017 here is the link to another video made by Christian Coughlan. it has more footy than mine does.
Views: 2735 Ben Ahrens
This is the third video in a series explaining where to find gold and other rare minerals in all 50 states. This video is about the beautiful state of Minnesota! Our goal is to help people living in or visiting Minnesota to go out, explore, and prospect. This video is the subject of the metals, minerals, and fossils there are to find in the state. The fore mentioned minerals in this video consist of Gold, Nickel, Copper, and Platinum group metals, Lake Superior Agate, Fortification Agate, Water Level Agate, Eye Agate, Peeled Agate, Seemed Agate, Water Washed Agate, Pipestone, Thomsonite, Binghamite (only native to Minnesota), and many types of Fossils which include Oysters, Snails, Sharks Teeth, Clams, Algae, and more. The areas in which these minerals can be found in are the Zumbro River, Oronoco, Lake Vermillion, Trout Lake, Soudan, Ely, Rainy Lake, International Falls, Cook, Cook County, Babbitt, Historic Vermillion Iron Range, Embarrass, Lake Superior, Moose Lake, Pipestone, Cuyuna Iron Range, Crosby, and Crow Wing County. LINKS TO BOOK AND PAY-TO-DIG SITE Agates of Lake Superior: Stunning Varieties and How They Are Formed: http://a.co/84XdaEj Hill Annex Mine State Park: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hill_annex/fossil_tour.html ENJOY THIS VIDEO? SUPPORT US WITHOUT PAYING A DIME! SUBSCRIBE! It takes us hours a week to document our journey on our YouTube channel. If you enjoy watching our videos and want to help us to produce more of them, please subscribe and you can help us without spending a dime! HELP SUPPORT TAKING ON THE MAMMOTH, With Cool Gear, Purchase amazing crystals, gemstones, and handcrafted jewelry at: http://www.hardluckminingcompany.com/ Find All The Blackfoot Vinyl Products online at: https://blackfootvinyl.com/ GET SOCIAL Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hardluckminingco/ Mining Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hardluckminingco/ Vinyl Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/blackfootdoug/ EQUIPMENT USED TO PRODUCE OUR VIDEOS Camera #1: http://a.co/6teiGWL Camera #2: http://a.co/4rHFChB 18-55mm lens f/3.5-5.6G: http://a.co/1v4GiQ5 Rode Video GO Lightweight Microphone: http://a.co/e0wlckL Pro-master 7100 Tripod: http://a.co/aGGGDkd Compact Tripod: http://a.co/awy9VTJ HornetTek 2TB SuperSpeed External Hard Drive : http://a.co/4jxci0d PNY Elite-X 32GB microSDHC Micro SD Card: http://a.co/dXl63bC PNY Elite-X 64GB microSDXC Micro SD Card: http://a.co/gy9gKGe Alienware Laptop NVIDIA: http://a.co/f5Dg49O Lenovo All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop: http://a.co/cLSllde Editing software: http://www.vegascreativesoftware.com/us/vegas-pro/ EQUIPMENT USED TO MINE Estwing Geo/Paleo Pick: https://www.blackcatmining.com/mining-equipment/geo-pick.cfm Estwing ERC-12C Geology Chisel: https://www.blackcatmining.com/rockhounding/erc-12c.cfm Mining Claim Signs: https://www.blackcatmining.com/mining-equipment/mining-claim-sign.cfm ALPS OutdoorZ Commander + Pack Bag: http://a.co/6b5VdBa The Backside by Black Pine Xterno II Backpack: http://a.co/8MWDfSm CUSCUS Army 3 Day Assault Backpack: http://a.co/1epc7SK Garmin GPSMAP 64st, TOPO U.S., GPS, GLONASS: http://a.co/dHqPRid Garmin 64st CASE COVER: http://a.co/aaWeM6r Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel: http://a.co/5P94xNr EasyAcc 20000mAh Portable Charger Power Bank: http://a.co/0LE4c4j 4 Piece Set of Aerosol Air Horns (LOUD NOISE MAKER): http://a.co/0ZktDfC CREDITS: Nicolai Heidlas – 2017 https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas By Tubifex - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7870162
Minnesota's Highest Bridge
Minnesota's Iron Range thrives on big equipment. Construction of the state's highest bridge created a marvel in Virginia. Take a look with The Slice.
Views: 123 The Slice
Polymet Mining- MN Governor's Green Forum
Candidates for Governor of Minnesota Debate Environmental issues at the Living Expo on May 2, 2010.
Views: 239 Michael McIntee
Minnesota Iron Range Aerial America Airplane Ride 2017
Flying over Northern Minnesota's Mesaba Iron Range-2017-Marble Minnesota to Hibbing and back to Coleraine and Trout Lake-
Views: 1318 Rich Libbey
Emmer on Fox News: End redundant study and save thousands of Minnesota jobs
Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) joined Fox News Channel's Fox @ Night to discuss mining in Minnesota and the need to reverse the last-minute actions by the Obama administration to stop exploration of some of the most valuable precious metal deposits in the world.
Views: 591 Rep. Tom Emmer
PolyMet Mining: Inspiring Minnesota Prosperity
http://www.GoPolyMet.com: The PolyMet project will create well-paying jobs that offer benefits to a wide variety of people, from hotel managers to truck drivers, says Kevin Pylka, PolyMet Mining manager of environmental permitting and compliance. He explains how the City of Hoyt Lakes is eager for the mine to begin and how, as an engineer who has looked at the plans, he is confident the copper-nickel mining, also called sulfide mining, project will protect the environment.
Views: 1136 PolyMet Mining
Cravaack: PolyMet must get done
U.S. Representative Chip Cravaack (MN) offered an amendment to H.R. 4402, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012, which would provide a guaranteed time frame for the permitting process for mineral exploration. Specifically, thirty months would be given to complete the permitting process, which can currently take upwards of ten years. Importantly, the Cravaack amendment, which was adopted by the House unanimously, would allow mining projects that have already applied for a permit, and are currently in the permitting process, access to the new expedited procedures under H.R. 4402. PolyMet Mining initiated an environmental review of its proposed NorthMet copper and nickel mine in 2005. The Cravaack amendment would ensure that such projects are given a firm timeline that workers, communities, and families can count on. "H.R. 4402 is a common sense, pro-growth piece of legislation that would simply facilitate a timely permitting process for very important mining projects throughout the United States. My amendment falls along the same common sense thinking that the underlying bill comes from -- that 30 months is plenty of time to complete the total review process for permitting a mine," said Rep. Cravaack. "People's lives are on hold, futures have been put on hold, and school funds are on hold. People without jobs are waiting for work. Special interests groups are fighting to block the creation of mining jobs, and in the Eighth District, these mining jobs are needed to put food on the table. Special interests are saying that 10 years of waiting is not enough - the U.S. won World War II in less than 4 years. And incidentally, it was Iron Range mining that provided the steel for U.S. tanks, guns, and vehicles. I urge the Senate to take action on this very important piece of legislation," Cravaack added. H.R. 4402 would give agencies the ability to cut through bureaucratic red-tape, duplicative reviews, and enhance government coordination. Additionally, the bill would direct agencies to mitigate environmental impacts while developing America's mineral resources, and ensure American mineral mining projects are not indefinitely delayed by frivolous lawsuits. These steps will allow the United States to more efficiently develop the nation's strategic and critical minerals that are vital to job creation, American economic competitiveness, and national security. Critically, H.R. 4402 maintains full compliance with existing environmental regulations. The bill gives the lead agency the ability to waive duplication if the agency determines the state and federal safeguards are sufficient. Specifically, all existing environmental regulations must meet current federal standards, although certain state standards currently exceed federal standards. In such instances, the federal permitting process could be waved to avoid duplication. Rep. Cravaack serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee -- where he is Vice Chair of the Aviation Subcommittee -- the Homeland Security Committee, and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. The 8th Congressional District covers 18 counties in Northeast Minnesota.
Views: 431 RepChipCravaack
Tom Rukavina on Mesabi Academy and Iron Range jobs
In a public commissioners' meeting in Duluth on Jan. 5, 2016, Tom Rukavina said he was worried about jobs after getting a phone call from an unnamed Mesabi Academy administrator. Full story: http://www.apmreports.org/story/2016/05/02/mesabi-academy "We don't need the Iron Range to lose another 126 jobs," he said, referring to the number of jobs at Mesabi Academy and the economic risk to the Iron Range. "If St. Louis County doesn’t continue as the host county ... it might screw everything up."
Views: 533 APM Reports
Tour of Soudan Mine
Soudan mine is known as Minnesota's oldest, deepest, and richest iron ore mine. It was closed in 1962 but is now open as a state park. Visitors can today travel 2,341 feet below the surface on an 80-year old electric hoist through shaft #8. The ride is fairly scary. Underneath visitors ride 1/2 mile to view some mining chambers. Aunt Annie told Sammy that we were going to see the Joker in the BatCave (currently, Batman and Superman are all that matters to Sammy). When we went to get into the rickety 80-year old electric hoist, Sammy was afraid to go, until our tour guide told him that she had already taken care of the Joker. We'll post some video at a later time. Oh, and there were bats down there too!
Views: 11175 cigarboxuke
Impact of Energy on Minnesota's Iron Mining Industry
Kelsey Johnson, President of the Minnesota Iron Mining Association, joined the Energy Matters radio show on November 1 to discuss the impact energy has on Minnesota's iron mining industry as well as the downstream impact on jobs and goods produced by steel.
Finding Minnesota: Gold Prospecting In The Iron Range
Minnesotans looking to strike it rich need not look any further than our own backyard, Rachel Slavik reports (3:09). WCCO 4 News At 10 – March 27, 2016
Views: 16562 WCCO - CBS Minnesota
Paulson Mine, Minnesota 2012
Remains of the Paulson Mine near Gunflint Lake, MN. Work began in the area in 1888 and shafts were in 1892 by the Gunflint Lake Iron Company. It closed in 1893 after only one carload of iron was shipped.
Roger Skraba Mayor of Ely
Speaking at the November 2012 Minnesota Broadband Task Force in Duluth, MN.
Views: 81 blandinonbroadband
MN2020: Policy Attacks on BWCA
Recent federal proposals could seriously impact wildness areas around the nation, including Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Environment Minnesota has released a new report detailing impacts that could result from expanding development and mining projects in the name of job creation, all while bypassing critical natural protection acts. It's time creating jobs by prioritizing the sustainabile energy economy instead of slashing environmental protections for short term gains.
Views: 290 Minnesota 2020
Protect Minnesota's Clean Water from Sulfide Mining
Sulfide mining extracts copper, nickel, and other metals from sulfide ores. The environmental risks are much different from Minnesota's traditional iron ore mining. Here's just one reason why: when rain falls on the waste from iron mining, it makes rust; when rain falls on sulfide ore waste, sulfuric acid is produced. Sulfuric acid leaches out metals and chemicals from the waste and creates acid mine drainage which:Contaminates lakes, rivers, and groundwater; harms human health, fish, wildlife, and damages entire ecosystems
Views: 212 Nathan Ness
Copper Sulfide Mining  requires a new and heightened Citizen Advocacy
NMW's Paul Schurke and Brad Sagen presented an hours worth of history and solid evidence that pointed out the abysmal track record of the Sulfide Mining Industry at the Ely Tuesday Group gathering November 20, 2012. One of the largest Ely Tuesday Group's I've seen, no mean feat in a town as small as Ely, was unanimously behind making sure no harm comes to our watershed and our Tourist based economy.
PolyMet | Brad Moore Speaks About the Permit to Mine Application Submission
Brad Moore explains the importance of our Permit to Mine application. It’s the last major permit application we need to submit to build and operate Minnesota’s first copper-nickel mine, which will create good jobs and positive economic impact for northeastern Minnesota families.
Views: 967 PolyMet Mining
Paulsen Opposes Boundary Waters Mining
Rep. Erik Paulsen speaks out on the House floor against a measure that would lift restrictions on mining at the footsteps of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on July 18, 2018.
Views: 165 Rep. Erik Paulsen
PolyMet Mining: Inspiring a New Era in Minnesota Mining
http://www.GoPolyMet.com: PolyMet Mining plans to build a safe, modern copper-nickel mine in the center of the Iron Range -- right where Minnesotans have been mining key resources for generations. It will launch a whole new era of prosperity on the Iron Range by mining essential metals while, just as importantly, protecting Minnesota's woods, water and wildlife.
Views: 1941 PolyMet Mining
Iron Range Dives Part 1 Lake Mine
We had great weather and great viz on July 31st, '15 up at Lake Mine. Very interesting dive site with several underwater structures, although not many fish.
Views: 1295 Chuck Eddy
Ely Mining & Logging History (1888-1967) by Iron Mike Hillman at VCC February 2014
Mike Hillman talks about Ely's Mining and Logging History from 1888-1967. Presented at VCC on a cold winter's eve (toward what we hoped was the end of a record breaking winter of consecutive days below zero) with slides from the Braunell collection graciously loaned by the Ely Winton Historical Society.
Exploring Arizona's Desert & Inside an Old Abandoned Mining Cabin vlog 27 video
Hey Sightseers! Let's check out an old abandoned mining cabin. In this week's v-log we get out and do some exploring in Arizona's desert including the inside of an old abandoned mining cabin. Subscribe to explore with me every week: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEtKsFeXP-DR1EHqLzzNeaQ?sub_confirmation=1 Want to find out what a typical day is like in the life of a sightseer? Check out my weekly vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLkDvDESjT-_fclvy59vofJmlXYNpsIfo Love urban & rural exploring? Check out this playlist of really cool abandoned, yet, not forgotten places in America: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLkDvDESjT-9TMGHOvci5NDKau7YoxIgP Fascinated with the supernatural? Check out this playlist of haunted places in Wisconsin: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLkDvDESjT--Z91l99TArYIfd1GqTNJhb Curious about why folks are so fascinated with the Salton Sea? Check out this playlist of Salton Sea oddities, sights, and towns: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLkDvDESjT-_UyRnVt5lykkoBFSEfLIRg Love sightseeing quirky & strange oddities? Check out this playlist of strange, unusual, or weird roadside attractions in America: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLkDvDESjT--vbVWam56oTNFrepu_dfK5 Fascinated by history? Check out this playlist of historical places in America: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLkDvDESjT-9zwbd0XfKe3KDjQ4bQv2SQ Want to "tip" the "trip jar"? You can do so through one of two ways: 1) Use your gmail via GoogleWallets at wallet.google.com OR 2) Join my exclusive Sightseeing Community on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/SightseeingSally
Views: 457 SightseeingSally
Up North Jobs Presents their Philosophy to the Ely City Council August 27, 2013
Ely City Council members look for a way to finance Up North Jobs, a Non-Profit Corporation setup to combat the inroads made by groups and individuals in protecting Northeastern Minnesota from Sulfide Mining Pollution. (Some of the presenters could not be understood in person, and the edited audio could not make up for their lack of volume or clarity-for those segments please fast forward) One question asked toward the end of the meeting was responded to with, in essence, no questions at this time, come back later if you want and make your presentation to the council.
PolyMet to Wildrice.wmv
An open letter to PolyMet Singer/Songwriter: Jim Hall, Duluth, Minnesota PolyMet is the first of many proposed copper/nickel sulfide mine in Minnesota. The Arrowhead Region is facing unprecedented threats from proposed multinational sulfide mining projects, a toxic type of mining never before allowed in our state.
Views: 319 SOSBluewaters
Environmentalists Brace For DNR's Statement On PolyMet
Environmentalists are bracing for the worst next month when Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources will release its final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed PolyMet copper mine in northern Minnesota. "If we don't say it now, they will try to ram it through," says Aaron Klemz, Communications Director for Friends of the Boundary Water Wilderness which organized a #StopPolyMet rally on Tuesday. Klemz says despite public opinion being against the mine, environmentalists are "swimming upstream" because the DNR is pushing the proposal. Klemz says 58,000 people responded during the DNR's public comment period and 98% were against building the mine. Environmentalists are against the mine because there is no guarantee that runoff from the mine won't leach into the water. Klemz says Minnesota is at the "top of the hill" for three major watersheds in North America and the proposed site for the PolyMet mine sits on two of those watersheds. "Why in the world are thinking of threatening our water?" said an environmental activist who rode her bike to the rally. "It's never been done safely." Klemz also says the economic impact of the mine will not be anything like the mining of old that employed thousands of people. PolyMet says the mine will create 350 permanent jobs. The plant that PolyMet will reuse to support the mine used to employ 3,000 people in 1971. "The mining industry has changed,"says Klemz. "It's automating and its requiring less and less labor each year. This is not the way to build a sustainable economy in northeastern Minnesota." Governor Dayton Undecided Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has yet to make his opinion known on the project, preferring to wait until all the data for the Environmental Impact Statement is in. It's a touchy subject politically for Dayton's Democratic Farmer Labor party. Unions would very much like to see the mine built because of the jobs it promises. Environmentalists, who also make up a significant part of the DFL, would like to see it stopped. "I've got a lot of questions. ... This will be the most momentous, difficult and controversial decision I'll make as governor," Dayton told the Duluth News Tribune in August. To help in his decision, Dayton has scheduled visits to two mines — one that was recommended by mining supporters and one that was recommended by environmentalists. He will visit Gilt Edge Mine in South Dakota on Tuesday, October 27th, and Eagle Mine in Michigan on Friday, October 30th. Dayton may have some time to make decision. Three agencies, the DNR, The Forest Service and the Army Corp of Engineers, will be taking public comments on the Environmental impact statement. The public comment period will be at least 30 days and could stretch into late December. After that, the state will have until February to determine if the environmental study was adequate. If it is, PolyMet would need to apply for permits including a mining permit. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr, who is a Dayton appointee, would decide on issuing the permit. Presumably Landwehr would take his boss' opinion into consideration.
Views: 155 Michael McIntee
Dahl's Sunrise Dairy - Babbitt, MN (2011)
Dahl's Sunrise Dairy Wayne Dahl, Owner & President 12 Poplar Drive Babbitt, MN 55706-1100
Views: 3180 DahlsSunriseDairy
Iron Mining Association of Minnesota commercial. If it wasn't grown..it probably had to be mined..
Views: 28 nimise1971
North country blues
Written by Bob Dylan in 1963. The sad story of a family of miners and the demise of a mining town, probably located in Minnesota, Dylan' childhood homeland. Martin D-28GE - adirondack/brazilian North Country Blues Come gather 'round friends and I'll tell you a tale Of when the red iron pits ran plenty But the cardboard filled windows and old men on the benches Tell you now that the whole town is empty. In the north end of town my own children are grown But I was raised on the other In the wee hours of youth may mother took sick And I was brought up by my brother. Oh the iron ore poured as the years passed the door The drag lines an' the shovels they was a-humming 'Til one day my brother failed to come home The same as my father before him. Well a long winter's wait from the window I watched My friends they couldn't have been kinder And my schooling was cut as I quit in the spring To marry John Thomas, a miner. Oh the years passed again and the givin' was good With the lunch bucket filled every season What with three babies born the work was cut down To a half a day's shift with no reason. Then the shaft was soon shut and more work was cut And the fire in the air, it felt frozen 'Til a man come to speak and he said in one week That number eleven was closin'. They complained in the East they are paying too high They say that your ore ain't worth digging That it's much cheaper down in the South American towns Where the miners work almost for nothing. So the mining gates locked and the red iron rotted And the room smelted heavy from drinking And the sad silent song made the hour twice as long As I waited for the sun to go sinking. I lived by the window as he talked to himself The silence of tongues it was building Then one morning's wake the bed it was bare And I's left alone with three children. The summer is gone the ground's turning cold The stores one by one they're a-foldin' My children will go as soon as they grow Well there ain't nothing here now to hold them.
Views: 2159 Lazy Shark
PolyMet: A Legacy of Pollution
Will PolyMet be able to capture and treat pollution at their proposed NE Minnesota sulfide mine as effectively as they claim? Geology, history, logic and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency studies say "NO".
Views: 193 WaterLegacy
PolyMet: In My Front Yard
See why Keith Erickson, who lives right near our proposed mine, says PolyMet’s plan can create jobs, protect water and preserve his family’s way of life for generations.
Views: 590 PolyMet Mining
Superior National Forest BWCA Wilderness
In their own words, youth share why the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) on the Superior National Forest and all Wilderness is Totally Worth visiting and enjoying any time of the year.
Views: 3967 Forest Service