Caucus to Protect Minnesota Waters from Sulfide Mining TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm


WaterLegacy and other environmental and conservation groups across Minnesota have collaborated on a Sulfide Mining Caucus Resolution to protect the Boundary Waters, Lake Superior. St. Croix and Mississippi River Watersheds from pollution and destruction resulting from sulfide mining.

We encourage you to attend your party’s local precinct caucus on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm and to request Passage of the following Sulfide Mining Resolution:

The [YOUR PARTY] finds that copper-nickel sulfide ore mining has unacceptable environmental impacts and should not be allowed in Minnesota, until such time as it is proven that similar mines in the US or Canada have operated for at least 10 years and been closed for at least 10 years in a water-rich environment without resulting in acid mine drainage or pollution of surface or ground water.

CLICK to print a resolution on the form approved by your party:

To help you explain the Sulfide Mining Resolution to your neighbors, we have included “whereas” explanation clauses on the second page of your party’s resolution form. We’d suggest that you print the resolution form double-sided with these clauses on the back: 

WHEREAS, copper-nickel sulfide ore mining threatens Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Lake Superior and St. Croix River and Mississippi River watersheds, since low-grade metals deposits have been found across a huge area of northeastern Minnesota; and

WHEREAS, copper-nickel sulfide ore mining in Minnesota would result in polluted runoff from mine pits and mine wastes for at least 500 years, if not forever; and

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has never been done in a water rich environment without polluting surface and/or groundwater; and

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has created billions of dollars of taxpayer liabilities across the country when mining companies go bankrupt, leaving pollution behind; and

WHEREAS, copper-nickel sulfide ore mining proposed in northeast Minnesota by huge multinational companies would weaken local, long-term and sustainable economies; and

WHEREAS, destruction of wild rice, fish habitats, wetlands and forests, along with increased mercury contamination of fish resulting from copper-nickel sulfide ore mining would disproportionately burden low-income and indigenous communities and harm the developing brains of fetuses, infants and children.

More information can be found about sulfide mining and about the PolyMet sulfide mine, which is currently in the midst of a state permitting process. 

TO LEARN WHERE YOUR LOCAL PARTY CAUCUS MEETS, check the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.

Become even more engaged in protecting Minnesota clean water. Bring your neighbors, come to your caucus early to organize, and speak up. Thank you for your commitment!