U.S. Forest Service Listening Session Draws Hundreds to Ely

Iron Range leaders fought for the session in Ely and many supporters and opponents showed up.

Hundreds packed into the Ely High School auditorium for the second listening session held by the U.S. Forest Service on the renewal of Twin Metals mineral leases.

Supporters of Twin Metals said they want the process to play out and not be shut down before any other environmental studies can be done.

Opponents said the potential of a disaster is great and they don’t want to see the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness hurt in any way.

The Forest Service’s thirty day listening period will end on July 21st. The Forest Service has a meeting scheduled with several Iron Range lawmakers that morning to discuss the issue even further.

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