Twin Metals Receives Support from Minnesota Officials and Labor and Community Allies

U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan

“Minnesota’s Iron Range got a real slap in the face and a punch in the gut by Washington bureaucrats this morning. The United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced their joint decision to withhold and deny consent on two of Twin Metals’ leases, which were previously renewed twice without controversy. This decision denies Minnesota’s Iron Range the opportunity to explore a project in the area that would bring thousands of new, greatly-needed jobs to our region. The Washington bureaucrats have clearly overreached their authority. It’s an embarrassing shame that we can’t even use science and exploration to discover what we have before shutting it all down.”

Read Rep. Nolan’s entire statement here:

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar

“I had advocated for making a decision on this project based on the environmental review process that has been utilized for other mining projects. I am concerned that with the federal government using the leasing standard, we will end up in endless lawsuits and will not get an outcome—regardless of whether the science supports granting or not granting a permit—based on a thorough scientific review. ”

Read Sen. Klobuchar’s entire statement here:

Jobs for Minnesotans

“Jobs for Minnesotans is outraged by the Obama Administration’s arbitrary and unprecedented actions to bar new mineral permits and leases on federally owned lands in northeastern Minnesota and to deny the renewal of Twin Metals Minnesota’s federal mineral leases. These acts are attacks on the future accessibility of critical minerals and on the people of northeastern Minnesota who have proudly and responsibly developed natural resources for generations. They send a chilling message to the communities that have held out hope that a new era of mining would ensure their long-term prosperity.

These actions ignore the clear consensus in northeastern Minnesota communities backing the long-established process for regulating the mining industry.”

Read Jobs for Minnesotans’ entire statement here:

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt

“It is clear this is a decision driven by Democrats who are trying to kill all the mining projects they can while the lame-duck Obama administration is still in office,” Daudt said. “It is astounding that Democrats are blocking what would be one of the largest private construction projects in state history, while also depriving Iron Range workers of hundreds of good-paying jobs that would follow.”

Read Speaker Daudt’s entire statement here:

Congressman Tom Emmer

“I am incredibly disappointed that the outgoing Administration has once again acted in poor-faith during their last days in power. Today’s announcement is yet another example of Washington democrats putting politics over what is best for Minnesotans. Twin Metals would bring a much needed boost to the Iron Range, create nearly a thousand new jobs, and introduce millions of dollars to the local economy. I am confident that the incoming Administration will undo the damage the Obama Administration continues to enact as their parting gift to the American people so we can get Minnesotans back to work.”

Read Congressman Emmer’s entire statement here:

Rep. Dale Leuck

“This is not just a Twin Metals problem, this action jeopardizes the ability of our school districts to benefit from the revenue generated by the school trust fund from trust land mineral leases that are sprinkled throughout the same area as the federal mineral leases that are in question,” Lueck said. “This decision is more than unsettling, it’s another example of extreme environmentalists effectively blocking billions of dollars in potential long term investment that would benefit rural Minnesota. It would mean hundreds upon hundreds of excellent jobs and also would ensure long term mineral lease revenue that would accrue to our state’s School Trust Fund, which benefits all school districts within Minnesota.”

Read Rep. Leuck’s entire statement here:

Jason George – International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49

“The decision to deny mineral leases to Twin Metals, and ban mining in 234,000 acres of federal land is a slap in the face to hard working construction workers on the Iron Range. To reject this project before it is even officially submitted and before any scientific data has been gathered is ridiculous. This was a decision based purely on politics and emotion.”

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RAMS Executive Director Steve Giorgi

“No environmental violations have been found during the past decade of exploration, no mine operation plan has been crafted, but nearly $400 million dollars has been injected and spread throughout northeastern Minnesota, with millions more to be spent if the project moved forward.”

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