Smaller crowd of mostly PolyMet supporters at hearing in Aurora

A large “We Support Mining” banner is displayed across a road in Aurora, Minn., the site of the second of three public meetings on PolyMet’s latest environmental study. Dan Kraker/MPR News

About 650 people gathered in Aurora tonight for the second of three public meetings on the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine.

Although the crowd was about half the size of last week’s meeting in Duluth, about the same number of people — 170 — had signed up to speak in the three hours designated for public comment. In Duluth, 80 people spoke.

The company’s proposed mine would be located south of Babbitt, and the processing facility is located just north of Hoyt Lakes. Aurora is just west of the area, and many of those attending the meeting could someday be PolyMet’s neighbors.

You can get caught up on PolyMet coverage here. MPR News is also seeking your insight on the proposal.

A third meeting will be held next Tuesday in St. Paul, and the public comment period is set to conclude in mid-March.

MPR News reporter Dan Kraker is tweeting from the meeting: