Mining exploration moves forward near BWCA

Feds OK mineral exploration permits near Ely

MPR News: “The permits cover almost 39,000 acres, but the Forest Service says only about 1,000 acres will be disturbed by the drilling. More than 100 miles of temporary roads would be built.” Duluth News Tribune: “No exploratory drilling will be allowed in the BWCAW but exploration is and will be conducted nearly up to the edge of the wilderness.” … “The decision is open to public comments through June 18. It was picked over four other options, including an option to allow no exploration and other options that restricted drilling to winter months only or that placed additional noise limits on drilling.”

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