BLM Renews Twin Metals Mining Leases
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management, Joe Balash, today renewed two Twin Metals Minnesota LLC-held hardrock mineral leases located on the Superior National Forest in Northeastern Minnesota.
“Mining on public lands balances conservation strategies and policies with the need to produce minerals that add value to the lives of all Americans by providing raw materials used in the manufacture of medical aids, automobiles, smart phones and computers, and household appliances,” said Assistant Secretary Balash. “Under President Trump’s leadership and direction from the Secretary, this action may reduce the vulnerability to disruption of critical mineral supplies if it leads to the development and production of critical minerals in an environmentally responsible, regulatory-consistent, and economically feasible manner. Mining strategic metals in the United States is beneficial to national security, national and local economies, and job creation.”
“In northeastern Minnesota, mining is our past, our present, and our future. We know that with modern technology, we can develop the resources that all Americans utilize and create a boon for Minnesota, while preserving our precious environment,” said U.S. Congressman Pete Stauber. “I commend Secretary Bernhardt and the Trump Administration for rightfully returning to the process that was in place decades prior to the Obama Administration’s reckless political mineral withdrawal and giving our hardworking miners the opportunity to meet or exceed all environmental standards.”
Executive Director of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, Tom Landwehr said in a statement today the announcement by the BLM is a “continuation of the Trump Administration’s assault on the Boundary Waters Wilderness.”
“The “review” completed by the Administration was wholly insufficient to determine the impact of sulfide-ore copper mining on land immediately adjacent to the Boundary Waters. In 2016 the Forest Service concluded that sulfide-ore copper mining posed ‘an inherent risk of irreparable harm to an irreplaceable Wilderness’ and last year the Trump Administration cancelled a study that would have confirmed this. It is now more clear than ever that the Trump Administration is steamrolling the American people and allowing a foreign mining company to write the rules when it comes to America’s most popular Wilderness,” Landwehr said in a new release.