Betty McCollum just submitted a bill that would kill mining in northern Minnesota:

Voyageurs National Park and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness would be protected from some mining under legislation being introduced in Congress this week.

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, a Democrat who represents Minnesota’s 4th District, said her bill would bar new federal mineral leases to companies interested in extracting copper, nickel and other metals from sulfide ore within the surrounding Rainy River Drainage Basin.

The basin drains into Voyageurs and the Boundary Waters, and opponents of copper-nickel mining say pollutants from the extraction process could threaten pristine ecosystems.

The so-called National Park and Wilderness Waters Protection Act has little chance of passing in the Republican-controlled Congress, but McCollum said she is also putting pressure on the Obama administration to prevent copper-nickel mining in the area.

Yet again, a DFL legislator has submitted a bill that’s aimed at killing future mining. What will it take for miners to finally figure it out that the DFL is run by environmental activists from the Twin Cities? At some point, sympathy for Iron Range families will dry up. Republicans stand ready to help mining families build a thriving middle class. The DFL, by contrast, has done everything imaginable to destroy mining families by destroying mining. Check this sentence out:

McCollum said she is also putting pressure on the Obama administration to prevent copper-nickel mining in the area.

Rep. McCollum represents St. Paul and some of its suburbs. Range families should ask why she’s meddling in the Range’s business. The answer is simple. She’s fundraising. By submitting this bill, she’s pleasing the Twin Cities’ environmental activists, thereby guaranteeing this year’s flow of checks from Twin Cities environmental activists. Here’s proof of that:

The Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, which has been lobbying in Washington, D.C., for protections from copper-nickel mining, applauded the legislation. The group’s chair, Ely resident Becky Rom, said if Congress steps in on the issue, it would expand protections from mining it gave the Boundary Waters back in 1978.

Becky Rom is a slithering snake that I wrote about frequently. See here, here, here and here.

The Ely Echo did some digging into who recommended a PEIS (Programmatic Environmental Impact Study), which would essentially halt mining for a decade. Here’s what they wrote initially:

Then they wrote this:

Then, late Thursday a Freedom of Information Act request by Twin Metals-Minnesota was granted. Upon request, they shared those documents with us. If anyone would like a copy, just send us an email. In the documents provided by the Bureau of Land Management was a letter asking for the PEIS. The agency requesting the PEIS? Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness. And who is the vice-chair of NEMW? Becky Rom.

We also have copies of emails sent by Rom outlining a meeting with the BLM where the agenda included: “The BLM, together with the Forest Service, should undertake a programmatic environmental impact statement.”

Rom told us the first she heard of the PEIS was when Tom Rukavina, an aide for Congressman Rick Nolan, was in Ely on March 5. We’d like to refresh her memory. A letter sent Jan. 23 from the attorney for NEMW specifically requests that the BLM and the USFS undertake a PEIS. The letter even references a meeting held on Dec. 10, 2013 with Bonnie and NEMW members. The letter to Bonnie is nine pages long and is a multi-pronged attack on copper-nickel mining in northeast Minnesota. It specifically targets Twin Metals Minnesota.

Simply put, Ms. Rom’s answers were evasive, if not totally dishonest. That’s who’s praising Betty McCollum. There’s more to this that’s coming in a future post. Check back later today for that next post.

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3 Responses to “DFL hates miners”

  • Chad Q says:

    As I have said time and time again, the Range gets what it voted for. If they had kept Chip or voted for Stuart, they’d have someone to tell ol sweaty Betty to stuff it but no, they voted to put the dinosaur Nolan back in.

  • Gary Gross says:

    I’ve said the same thing dozens of times, too. My goal, though, is to eventually flip that area.

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