Note: Listing here does not necessarily imply that we agree with everything on these sites. However, we feel they contain important information for citizens and regulators to consider.
Clean, Sustainable Economic Opportunities
Superior Food Web is conducting a 15-county study to determine the economic benefits of growing an integrated local food-production industry. The potential job-creation and the economic multiplier effect of keeping consumer dollars in system are huge.
See the film, Ely: At the Crossroads. Growing and sustaining employment through innovation, while maintaining and enhancing this world-class natural environment –- this is the challenge and opportunity of healthy, self-sufficient communities in these economic times. Ely, in the midst of Minnesota’s prized lake country, stands at the edge of both Iron Range and wilderness.
Sulfide Mining links
The U.S. EPA (Environmental protection Agency) has extensive information about acid mine drainage (AMD).
MDNR webpage on PolyMet’s NorthMet Project EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) tracks the status of the copper-mine proposal. The Draft EIS has received the poorest possible marks from the US EPA.
Superior National Forest Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Public Comments requested by Forest Service, due June 30, 2011.
MERCURY, MINING IN MINNESOTA, AND CLEAN WATER ACT PROTECTION: A REPRESENTATIVE ANALYSIS BASED ON THE PROPOSED POLYMET PROJECT by WaterLegacy legal counsel, Paula Maccabee, published in the William Mitchell Law Review, Volume 36.
- Predicting Water Quality at Hardrock Mines: Methods and Models, Uncertainties, and State-of-the-Art An EARTHWORKS A white paper summarizing and analyzing the ground-breaking studies of non-coal mines by Ann Maest, PhD, and Jim Kuipers, P.E.
- Comparison of Predicted and Actual Water Quality at Hardrock Mines: the reliability of predictions in Environmental Impact Statements A study of plans vs. results shows that 78% polluted.
Mining Madness, Water Wars: The Great Lakes in the Balance; exploring the sulfide mining threat to Michigan A National Wildlife Federation (NWF) documentary. Michigan has strong laws, but lacks enforcement. This 33 minute film explores the MDEQ’s failures and biases, the threat of acid mine drainage to Lake Superior, Kennecott’s stained record, Anishnabe treaty rights, top-notch scientists’ analyses and more.
- Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations
- The New Resource Wars: Native and Environmental Struggles Against Multinational Corporations
- The Buzzards Have Landed!: The Real Story of the Flambeau Mine
- Superior National Forest Hardrock Mineral Prospecting Final EIS by the U.S. Forest Servicepending.
- An extraordinary incursion of the public forest By Carolyn J. Sampson, August 14, 2008
- Minnesota Environmental Partnership – 2010 Protect Minnesota campaign
- EARTHWORKS (formerly Mineral Policy Center)
- Wisconsin Resource Protection Council supporting citizens’ and native communities’ rights against polluting mining companies.
- Minnestoa Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) Sulfide Mining page
- Save our SkyBlue Waters A wealth of information about sulfide mining industry, Minnesota and other regulation, metals markets and companies, etc.
- SAVE the Wild UP Michigan’s Upper Peninsula sulfide mining news.
- Keweenaw Now? We are involved in the struggle against the Rio Tinto-Kennecott Eagle Mine and report on other Great Lakes mining issue