Video of political endorsements at PolyMet public hearing

The decision to allow speeches from three Iron Range politicians at last week’s PolyMet public hearings was widely criticized. The rousing endorsements of the mine proposal put inappropriate political pressure on the Department of Natural Resources and the Army Corps of Engineers to approve the project and distracted from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement’s primary objective: to analyze the project’s potential environmental impacts.

The speeches, which you can watch in the video below, primarily addressed the region’s need for jobs, which is not be the emphasis of an environmental review process. Additionally, while repeating claims about new technology and “doing it right,” none of the politicians provided any specifics about the DEIS or the mine proposal.

Watch for yourself and decide if these speeches were appropriate at an event where the general public was not allowed to speak about the project:

Thank you to Craig Stellmacher for providing the video. (And please excuse the pre-video advertising.)