November 25, 2009
There will be two opportunities in early December for the public to attend meetings about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for PolyMet Mining Corp.’s proposed sulfide mine:
The meetings start at 7 p.m. and will be preceded by open houses beginning at 5 p.m.
Turnout is expected to be high, and the mining industry and its allies will be there in force. If you are worried about speak up for your values of clean water, stewardship, and wilderness. If you can’t make the event, you can submit your own comments on the project here.
For more information, check out this fact sheet about deficiencies in the PolyMET DEIS and keep an eye on this website for more information that will be useful when attending the meetings.
You can read the DEIS yourself online and at libraries and other public places around the state:
November 19, 2009
Attend a “Precious Waters” film showing and learn about sulfide mining and how you can make your voice heard on this important issue.
Today, Nov. 19, 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Fargo, North Dakota
Monday, November 23, 8 p.m.
Duluth – Two Events!
Thursday, December 3
Monday, December 7
More events are being scheduled and we’ll post details as soon as we have them.
November 18, 2009
Industry and agency sources quoted in a story from Minnesota Public Radio today basically have one defense of Wisconsin’s Flambeau mine: “If the government says that mining pollution is okay, you, the citizen, should too.”
The Flambeau mine is frequently pointed to by the Minnesota sulfide mining industry as an example where this form of mining was done “right. ” But, it turns out, the mine is actually polluting surrounding waters at rates far above water quality standards, and above what the company and the Wisconsin DNR predicted.
Because the agency gave the mining company a permit that only specified what kind of impact it could have on the nearby Flambeau River, not on groundwater and streams closer to the mine site, the DNR is giving the company a pass.
As is also noted in the article, the Flambeau mine was significantly smaller than PolyMet’s proposal, and the ore was processed elsewhere, so the dangerous waste from that part of the operation was never a factor, whereas PolyMet will be doing the processing for its mine on-site.
November 16, 2009
Franconia Minerals Corporation announced a significant development last week in its proposal. Franconia would like to mine sulfide ores underneath Birch Lake, just a few miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and in a river system that flows into the BWCAW.
The company issued a press release announcing on Thursday announcing that it has begun work to study how
Franconia’s announcement, coming just days after the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the PolyMet project, demonstrates how other companies are “lined up like cars behind a snowplow.” In fact, as part of last week’s announcement, Franconia’s CEO stated, “Our goal is to be ready to become the second company in the Duluth Complex, after Polymet, to build a mine.”
November 13, 2009
We are very proud to launch the “Precious Waters” website, where you can watch the entire film, learn more about sulfide mining, and take action on this important issue.
Now is the time to share this film with everyone you know who cares about clean water. You can post it on Facebook or Twitter, send a link via email, or even organize a showing for your civic group, hunting or angling club, property-owner association, your friends, or any other group.
Find a public showing near you.
Thank you for all your support!
November 12, 2009
Thanks to Scott Haraldson for sending over these photos from the “Precious Waters” premiere!
November 5, 2009
We’re very pleased that Minnesota Public Radio published an article about “Precious Waters” today:
The article emphasizes that, though this film project was a costly undertaking, it received support from a diverse coalition of small businesses and citizen and environmental groups. A lot of people and organizations believed that such a film was needed to raise public awareness and inspire broad, informed public discussion, and they put their trust and confidence in the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness to produce the right film. They have our gratitude.
November 4, 2009
October 29, 2009
After much delay, the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the first sulfide mining proposal in Minnesota has been released by the Department of Natural Resources.
Conservation organizations, including the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and many supporters of “Precious Waters,” are going to be studying the document closely. Look for additional information about what is contained in the DEIS in the near future and resources to help you speak up and take action to submit your own comments to the DNR when the public comment period begins on Nov. 2.
October 28, 2009
Here’s a few photos from shooting the film in northeastern Minnesota during July.