Wilderness and the economy in Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District

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Incumbent Rep. Chip Cravaack (GOP) and former Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL) are in a heated contest to represent the 8th Congressional District. The candidates are at odds over Nolan’s support of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act.

Cravaack accused Nolan of putting the interests of “Twin Cities environmentalists” before the economic needs of the Iron Range when he voted, in 1978, to support the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Act that established the BWCA largely as it is today.

  • charles preble

    I am thankful for the BWCA. Because of it I have invested in the area around the BWCA. I know the people who benefit from that area. It has mean many jobs and will always mean that long after the mines have been depleted. Nolan acted wisely and courageously. Hooray for him.

  • Carla Arneson

    Nancy McReady, please tell the rest of the story. According to a map of mineral leases now owned and being explored by mining companies, proposed copper-nickel (sulfide mining) could occur right up to the boundary of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), and along the shores of the Kawishiwi River which flows through the BWCAW. A boundary line drawn on a map will not stop contamination. Please tell readers what you base your assertion on that we can mine, on the massive scale proposed, in the disseminated sulfide bearing rock of the Duluth Complex, “without harming our environment or the Boundary Waters.” If you have done the research, you know that is not true. According to one NI 43-101, just one of the proposed Duluth/Twin Metals tailings basins would obliterate most of the area adjacent to the Spruce Road.