Advocates Continue to Show Support for Minnesota Mining at March 16 Public Hearing

Supporters of responsible mining gathered at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center on March 16 to advocate for the future of mining in Minnesota. The gathering is in response to a proposal set forth by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on Dec. 15, 2016, that would withdraw 235,000 acres of federal land and minerals in northeastern Minnesota. If enacted, many future projects would be prohibited and thousands of potential high-wage jobs in mining and other associated industries and businesses would be lost for the northeast Minnesota community.

During the March 16 public deliberation, mining supporters took to the microphone to help educate the public about responsible mining and its rich 130-year history in Minnesota, as well as to combat any misconceptions the public may have about the industry. Beyond the robust economic benefits that mining is projected to bring to the area, supporters reiterated the longstanding and transparent regulatory process already in place to protect people and preserve Minnesota’s natural environment.

Following the hearing, supporters continue to back Minnesota mining as the process is far from over. Most recently, the USFS announced a 120-day comment period extension on top of the existing 90-day comment period, pushing the comment deadline back to Aug. 17, 2017. In addition, the USFS is expected to announce a second public hearing on the proposal. Details regarding the next public hearing will be communicated as soon as information becomes available.

To speak out against the proposed withdrawal, be sure to submit an official comment here:

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