Water is written into our state’s identity: we are the Land of 10,000 Lakes. What we do to protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers today will determine the future we leave for our children and grandchildren.
Governor Dayton and the Department of Natural Resources are facing important decisions about the future of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. Multinational corporations have proposed opening new sulfide mines near the Boundary Waters and along the rivers that feed Lake Superior.
Sulfide mines are very different from traditional iron mines. They produce sulfuric acid that can pollute our rivers, streams and lakes. In fact, no sulfide mine has ever operated and closed without polluting local waters – anywhere.
But Governor Dayton can protect our lakes and rivers by requiring mining companies to answer 4 simple questions:
- Will Minnesota’s waters stay safe and clean?
- Are strong safeguards in place for when things go wrong?
- Will the company leave the site clean and maintenance free?
- And will Minnesota taxpayers be protected?
If the answer to all four questions in not an unequivocal “yes”, then sulfide mining is not worth the risk. You can join the thousands of Minnesotans who have asked Governor Dayton to get answers to these simple but important questions by visiting www.miningtruth.org.