The DFL is attempting to keep their disdain for miners a secret. Though they’re working hard to keep that secret, this article blows that myth to smithereens:
Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy are targeting the proposed PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes and the proposed Twin Metals mine near Ely.
The campaign includes the web site MiningTruth.org, a 40-page report examining mining in detail, a Facebook community, and four billboards along Interstate 35 between the Twin Cities and Duluth to reach summer travelers.
Environmental groups call it sulfide mining because the copper, nickel, gold and other metals are locked up in minerals that contain sulfur and can produce sulfuric acid and other contaminants when exposed to the elements. They fear toxic runoff would threaten Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. And they say the environmental record of such mining elsewhere is poor.
“These are not our grandfather’s iron ore mines,” said Molly Pederson, government affairs director for Conservation Minnesota. “This is a completely different kind of mining.”
Though Conservation Minnesota, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the MCEA aren’t officially part of TakeAction Minnesota, they’re certainly part of the DFL infrastructure. Look who sits on Conservation Minnesota’s Board of Directors:
That’s right. Alida Messinger, the Patron Saint of Environmental Extremism in the DFL, aka the DFL’s deep pockets and the woman that tells DFL politicians what to do.
Let’s tie a few things together because it’s important. Ms. Messinger’s ex-hubby is Gov. Dayton. Gov. Dayton has twice stopped mineral rights lease auctions, prompting Prof. Kent Kaiser to write a stinging op-ed on the subject:
This month, Minnesota’s State Executive Council, which includes the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and state auditor, voted to delay 77 leases to explore for copper and nickel on private lands in northern Minnesota.
This short-sighted action was initiated by Gov. Mark Dayton and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. It was unfortunate for the job situation in the Northland, and I know many Minnesotans are terribly disappointed.
There’s more to this story than Gov. Dayton’s decision. This, for instance:
Indeed, Dayton’s actions this month were more consistent with his actions two decades ago. At that time, when he was on the State Executive Council as state auditor, he called for the postponement of mining lease votes so he could consult first with the Sierra Club.
Gov. Dayton and Alida Messinger are birds of the same extremist feathers. He does the official business. She does the heavy lifting from behind the scenes. It’s apparent that they’re both working to prevent the next big wave of Iron Range employment.
The important question that Gov. Dayton and Ms. Messinger need to answer is why they’re preventing miners from providing for their families.
Stylistically, MiningTruth.org is similar to Alida’s other propaganda enterprises. MiningTruth.org employs the same heavyhanded tactics that ABM uses:
PolyMet is the furthest along in the environmental review and permitting process. In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency gave the company’s draft Environmental Impact Statement a failing grade, calling the mine’s environmental impacts “unacceptable” and the review itself “inadequate.”
PolyMet is now back at the drawing board trying to develop a new plan that won’t present such serious pollution risks. Unfortunately, the company has not changed its plan to destroy more than 1,000 acres of pristine wetlands; if approved, the project would represent the largest such destruction ever permitted in Minnesota.
The EPA’s ruling simply means that PolyMet needs to come up with a better plan for reducing its impact on the environment. It doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to significantly reduce the mine’s environmental impact.
That’s what makes Conservation Minnesota’s statement over-the-top:
Unfortunately, the company has not changed its plan to destroy more than 1,000 acres of pristine wetlands…
Alida Messinger and Conservation Minnesota don’t have proof that PolyMet will “destroy more than 1,000 acres of pristine wetlands.” In fact, that scaremongering tactic was recently put in its place by Frank Ongaro:
Frank Ongaro, executive director of the industry group MiningMinnesota, disputed the term sulfide mining, saying companies plan to mine nonferrous metals, not sulfides. He said Minnesota has some of the world’s largest deposits of these metals, and that demand is growing.
“The state of Minnesota has strong, solid comprehensive regulations in place, and any individual company that proposes a mineral development project will have to demonstrate that they can meet or exceed Minnesota’s strong standards or they won’t get a permit,” he said.
If PolyMet doesn’t live up to Minnesota’s mining regulations, they don’t get to start the mining operation. If PolyMet puts a plan in place that complies with Minnesota’s stringent environmental laws, that 1,000 acres of “pristine wilderness” will be preserved. Either way, Conservation Minnesota’s nightmare scenario can’t happen.
Expect Conservation Minnesota’s attacks to intensify as we near the approval of the federal permits in October. Gov. Dayton and Alida Messinger oppose serious mining expansion with every fiber of their being.
That’s why they’re quickly getting exposed for being hostile to the mining community.