Water, copper-nickel mining and climate change were the top environmental topics for MPR News in 2014. Concerns about pipelines carrying crude oil, the decline in pollinators and the anniversary of the Wilderness Act that created the BWCA are also on the list. Read more →
The public’s last chance to speak in front of hundreds about why they like or loathe PolyMet’s plan to mine copper and nickel in northeastern Minnesota went out with a bang. More than 2,100 people packed a Saint Paul RiverCentre ballroom, matching in size but surpassing in feistiness the combined 2,000 or so people who Read more →
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 Read more →
Despite DNR concerns, the first PolyMet public hearing in Duluth was marked by civility and informed comments. Read more →
At a town hall in Duluth last night, Governor Mark Dayton defended a statement he made last week critical of the EPA, saying “one of the real problems we have with government right now is these overlapping layers of jurisdiction.”
Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) says the measure will allow development in the PolyMet mining project to be expedited.
Former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar endorsed Rick Nolan today in his bid to take on GOP incumbent Chip Cravaack in the 8th Congressional District, but the two politicians shared the moment with groundbreaking Iron Range newspaper publisher Veda Ponikvar, who turned 92.
The Duluth McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America hosted a forum Wednesday about proposed copper mining in Northeastern Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is moving forward with plans to relocate a strech of highway on the Iron Range, to make way for new taconite mining. The new highway could span a deep old abandoned mining pit.
A disputed plan to quarry granite along the Minnesota River in the western part of the state has moved a step forward. But it may also face a significant new hurdle. The Big Stone County Planning Commission recommends the county require Strata Corporation to address environmental issues. Opponents say the quarry would cause irreversible damage to a scenic leg of the Upper Minnesota River.