Dayton Letter Lays Out Twin Metals Opposition
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is laying out his opposition to a proposed copper-nick mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
The Governor released a letter Monday to the head of Twin Metals Minnesota saying the state will oppose any new mining agreements on state lands close to the massive outdoor recreation area.
Environmentalists fear copper-nickel mining near the BWCA could lead to sulfuric acid reaching water and air. Mining supporters say the work can be done safely and will being in much-needed jobs.
Dayton also said he spoke with the director of the Federal Bureau of Land Management as it considers renewing Twin Metals’ federal leases to express his opposition to mining near the BWCA.