Green Visions: "This isn't the same as iron and taconite mining"

Jul 6, 2016

Gabbro Lake
Credit Brent Reimnitz/Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness

Back in 1966, Twin Metals Minnesota was granted a pair of federal mineral leases, one of which includes land within a quarter mile of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.

They're up for renewal now, and the US Forest Service wants to hear from the public before they make a recommendation. 

For one thing, back in 1966, there was no environmental review process for mineral leases.  And even though mining technology has changed, the fundamental problem remains.