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Minnesota Minerals Pale in Importance to the Health of the State’s Waters
Sulfide mining is not a solution to the “climate crisis”; nor is the need for copper a compelling reason to allow sulfide mining in northern Minnesota. Supporting it in northern Minnesota is replacing one problem for another. It is defining copper, nickel, and other metals like cobalt to be more important than Minnesota’s assets — its closest Great Lake and its own protected Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness.

According to the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, no sulfide mining has ever been achieved without contaminating nearby water sources.  Especially when the mining locations are on watersheds that will drain into the BWCA or into the St. Louis River and eventually into Lake Superior.

 
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