Twin Metals Minnesota Statement on Action by USDA to Rescind Proposed Mineral Withdrawal in Northeast Minnesota
ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 6, 2018 – Twin Metals Minnesota CEO Kelly Osborne issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has rescinded the proposed land withdrawal that would have blocked mineral exploration of approximately 235,000 acres of land in northeast Minnesota.
“Twin Metals supports today’s action by the federal government to cancel an application by the U.S. Forest Service to withdraw 235,000 acres of federal land and minerals in Northeast Minnesota from future mineral leasing, exploration and potential development. This important action ensures that federal lands that have been open to responsible mining activity for decades will remain open, offering the Iron Range region the potential for thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in economic growth. Today’s action also reinforces that long-standing environmental protection standards and rigorous regulatory processes, both at the state and federal level, are the proper and valid means for evaluating mining proposals when specific project plans are formally submitted.”
About Twin Metals Minnesota: Twin Metals Minnesota is a Minnesota company focused on designing, constructing and operating an underground copper, nickel, platinum, palladium, gold and silver mining project (TMM Project) in the Iron Range region of Northeast Minnesota. The TMM Project brings the promise of significant long-term jobs and environmentally responsible economic development for generations in Minnesota. Twin Metals is owned by Antofagasta plc, one of the top ten copper producers in the world. For more information, visit https://www.twin-metals.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/TwinMetalsMN/.