Supporters of Responsible Mining Unite at Final Public Hearing on Iron Range
On July 25, 2017, hundreds of mining supporters gathered in Virginia, Minnesota, for the third and final U.S Forest Service public hearing to voice their opposition to a proposal that would withdraw 235,000 acres of federal land and minerals from future exploration and mining development in northeastern Minnesota.
Business, labor and community representatives of all ages joined together at Field of Dreams Park to drive comment submissions opposing the proposed withdrawal, hear from industry leaders in the region and rally in support of mining, which has provided a way of life for the people of the Iron Range for more than 130 years.
Proudly carrying a street-wide “We Support Mining” banner, the group marched in solidarity to Virginia High School for the Forest Service public hearing on behalf of Twin Metals and the mining industry. At the hearing, more than 30 community members shared their support for mining in the region on behalf of families, businesses and communities across the Range that desperately need the jobs and economic benefits that mining brings.
The public comment period for the proposed mineral withdrawal officially closed on Aug. 11. Thank you to all supporters who submitted a comment and stood up for the mining industry and the livelihoods of families and communities in our state. Please check back with us frequently for project updates and developments on the proposal’s status.