Conservation Minnesota has joined Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA) to form the Mining Truth Coalition. Our goal is to engage all Minnesotans – including mining companies, non-profit organizations, businesses, policy makers and private citizens – in a respectful, open, fact-based dialogue about the issue. Mining Truth recognizes this issue is controversial, emotional and has far-reaching implications, but believes the best outcome will be achieved when all voices are heard.
Please take a minute to read about the campaign and visit miningtruth.org to learn more.
What is it/What are you trying to do?
- Mining Truth is a campaign to encourage Minnesotans to learn more about sulfide mining.
- Sulfide mining is a controversial issue facing all Minnesotans – but most of us don’t even know it’s happening.
- Our goal is to engage all Minnesotans – including mining companies, non-profit organizations, businesses, policy makers and private citizens – in a respectful, open, fact-based dialogue about sulfide mining.
- Everyone needs to know the facts before making a decision about these proposed mines.
- There are two sulfide mines proposed – one near Lake Superior and one near the Boundary Waters.
- Sulfide mining produces valuable metals, but its byproducts include sulfuric acid and toxic contaminants.
- This toxic waste could irreversibly damage our fragile lakes, rivers and natural resources in the heart of Lake Superior and the BWCA.
- This is a complex issue with long-term implications. We want to help Minnesotans learn the facts and join the conversation so we can make a thoughtful decision for our state’s future.
- To learn more, you can visit miningtruth.org where you’ll find the Truth Report – a resource guide that pulls together third-party data and research about sulfide mining.
Why is this important?
- This is not your grandfather’s iron ore mine. We should be proud of our mining past, but we have to be smart about our future.
- Sulfide mining has never been done in Minnesota. Based on its track record in other parts of the country and globally, there are serious risks to consider.
- Toxic pollution has happened at every sulfide mine in the world to date.
- The proposed Minnesota mines put Lake Superior and the BWCA at risk. These natural resources are finite and fragile.
- They attract $1.6 billion in annual tourism and recreation dollars in northeastern Minnesota.
- In other states, the clean up bill for sulfide mines is in the billions of dollars, creating a major taxpayer liability.