Whether it was the destruction of the redwood forest in California, the decimation of the wild buffalo in the plains, the near extinction of the North American Elk, or the famously over polluted “river that caught on fire”, Cuyahoga River, throughout our history the country’s natural resources have faced enormous pressure from monetary pursuits. In spite of this, each generation elevated individuals that stood up against Goliath and won. We have reached another pinnacle moment in our history to slay the giant and preserve our country’s treasured resources.
Established in 1964, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is a 1,090,000-acre wilderness area located in northeastern Minnesota (Superior National Forest) consisting of more than 1,000 rivers and lakes. This pristine area is the most visited wilderness area in the United States, known for its nearly pure drinking water, superior outdoor recreations, clean air and breathtaking views of the northern lights.
Under the pressures of our current economic environment, however, Minnesota is moving to open up potentially 39 square miles of land in the northeastern forest, many of which are near proximity to the water flowages and wetlands that stream into BWCAW and Lake Superior, to open pit and underground sulfide mining. According to the EPA, sulfide mining is the single largest source of toxic pollution in the United States, and, in 2010 stated that because of the negative environmental impact on the ecosystem recommended to the Minnesota DNR not to move forward with the mining projects.
Duluth Metals Ltd, Twin Metals, and PolyMet Mining Corp (who is strategically partnering with Glencore International, the Swiss Commodity trader that has appointed former BP executive Tony Hayward as their executive expert in charge of the environmental and mine safety division) are the mining companies promising local residents the sweet lure of money only to have time and the replication of history illustrate the falsity of their promises, pain of permanent regret, and the potential death of entire water systems from acid mine drainage.
Please put this petition on your blogs, facebook accounts, twitter pages, and get the word out. The signed petition, which will be given to the appropriate elected officials, the EPA, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota’s governor's office urging the collective agencies to not issue the necessary permits allowing the open pit and underground mining projects to move forward.