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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.

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8 Responses to “Gov. Dayton, ex-wife, DFL conspiring against miners”

  • eric z says:

    Gary, get real.

    Friends of the Boundary Waters have been around since the 1970′s and are responsible, in large measure, for the fact there is a Boundary Waters Wilderness to protect from sufuric contamination.

    To say, “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,” is either one of the most ill-informed or intentionally misleading things I have heard.

    The Friends were started primarily by a Forest Service retiree, and in the battle to create the Wilderness, you had Twin Cities Democrats for it, Fraser and Vento, and a Ranger Democrat, Oberstar against it.

    The group is not partisan, except it does not want the Boundary Waters threatned by irresponsible sulfide mining, and Craavack and other GOP interests serve the mining industry, the ownership and not the miners, and those money interests serve Craavack. Sorry, Gary, it is as it is, and this anti-miner crap that keeps getting spewed deserves a call-out. A big time call-out. How it is. The miners know better. Or the mine workers union leadership does. Rank and file sometimes fail to understand what is in their own best interest, but that is because they are simplistically propagandized by the GOP, and some buy into the corporate funded “story.”

  • Ron Niemala says:

    Gary – Good article debunking and exposing the myths of ABM and Friends of the Boundary Waters. It is too bad that those that complain the most have no real knowledge about the plight of NE MN jobs, the miners and their families as well as the aligned support business. The monikers selected by these “anti-business and super green” groups are superbly selected in that they sound great to the ear, but the residual taste leaves much to be desired.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Friends of the Boundary Waters have been around since the 1970?s and are responsible, in large measure, for the fact there is a Boundary Waters Wilderness to protect from sufuric contamination.

    They’re also responsible for the regulations that are aimed at shutting down the mining industry. With these organizations, it isn’t enough to make sure watersheds are protected. These organizations want mining halted.

    To say, “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,” is either one of the most ill-informed or intentionally misleading things I have heard.

    Is it really? Let’s review the facts. Alida Messinger is the de facto leader of the DFL. She told the DFL that her checks would stop if Brian Melendez ran for another term. Two days later, he announced he wouldn’t seek another term.

    She’s also on Conservation Minnesota’s board of directors. She’s written checks to all of these organizations. When was the last time any of these organizations didn’t fight the MNGOP? Try never. That’s because the MNGOP want miners to have good-paying jobs. These organizations want mining ended. (HINT: A certain congresscritter showed a hostility towards mining. That’s why the people retired him after 18 terms.

    The group is not partisan, except it does not want the Boundary Waters threatned by irresponsible sulfide mining, and Craavack and other GOP interests serve the mining industry, the ownership and not the miners, and those money interests serve Craavack.

    Spoken like a true socialist. It’s foolish to think that miners don’t benefit from robust mining operations. If companies don’t make profits, do you honestly think they’ll provide jobs to their employees?

    You can’t love the employees & hate the employer. Your hostility towards employers is well documented. So is the Obama administration’s. So is the Dayton administration’s. That’s why President Obama will be defeated this November.

    Gary, it is as it is, and this anti-miner crap that keeps getting spewed deserves a call-out. A big time call-out. How it is. The miners know better.

    I triple-dog-dare you to call me out. Explain how miners benefit from being unemployed. Explain how an umemployment check is better than a paycheck from a corporation that’s making a profit. C’mon. Let’s hear that explanation.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Ron, First, thanks for the compliment. More importantly, the message isn’t getting out because people are looking for real information in the wrong places. If people want real information, their only option is blogs like this one. Finally, if people appreciate this blog’s content, they should financially support it. Just like you get what you pay for, you don’t get what you don’t pay for.

    If I had a dollar for each time I heard a conservative rightly complain about the biased liberal media, I’d live a comfortable lifestyle. If I had another dollar each time I heard conservative who’d just complained about the liberal media bias then rely on the biased liberal media for their information, I’d be wealthy.

    Ron, this isn’t a personal attack. It’s just my sales pitch.

  • Chad Q says:

    Hummm, Polymet is supposedly going to destroy 1000 acres of wetlands and the DFL and conservation groups throw a fit. When are they going to start throwing a fit over farmers destroying wetlands, ground water, rivers, streams, etc? Farming does a lot more damage to the environment than mining does yet these so called environmentalists are quiet only piping up when their personal playland is in jeapordy of producing jobs that will allow those unemployed miners to be less dependent on government and support their families with moeny they earned while working. Of course the DFL doesn’t care about jobs unless they are worhtless green jobs.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Chad, I wish the DFL wasn’t interested in controlling private property. Unfortunately, they’re playing all sorts of games with private property rights through manipulation of the Clean Water Act & Clean Air Act.

    These restrictions aren’t highly publicized but they’re happening. Just ask Karen Budd-Falen about the games the lefties are playing.

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