Mesabi Daily News
Steve Giorgi, Nancy Norr and Frank Ongaro
We thank the President for his strong words and promise to support mining. Now, let’s not wait another 500 days – or even 100 days – to see the withdrawal proposal formally rescinded by the U.S. Forest Service. We are counting the days until federal agencies officially rescind this needless proposal in favor of supporting a fair process.
St. Paul, Minn. (June 28, 2018) – Jobs for Minnesotans today released the following statement in response to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decision to grant the Line 3 Replacement Project’s Certificate of Need and approve the Route Permit for an alternative route:
“Today’s Public Utilities Commission decision is the culmination of a robust regulatory review process that has involved thousands of people from across the state for more than four years. It is clear that the Commissioners worked diligently to uphold the rule of law while balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders. We strongly agree with the decision to grant the Certificate of Need for the Line 3 Replacement Project and by extension the PUC’s acknowledgement that investing in infrastructure projects keeps our state safe and economically competitive. While we disagree with the PUC’s decision to grant a Route Permit for an alternative route, we are thankful that the route selected is still a feasible option from an economic perspective.”
About Jobs for Minnesotans
Jobs for Minnesotans, a coalition representing business, labor and communities, supports statewide opportunities for prosperity and middle-class jobs from sustainable natural resource development in Minnesota. The organization is committed to the principle that our state can preserve both job opportunities and the environment for future generations. Jobs for Minnesotans was co-founded in 2012 by the Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council representing 55,000 workers and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce representing 2,300 companies and 500,000 employees. For more information, visit jobsforminnesotans.org, follow @JobsforMN on Twitter and find the coalition on Facebook.com/Jobs4MN.
Media Contact: Nancy Norr, Chair
The U.S. Forest Service and PolyMet Mining exchanged titles Thursday on a controversial land exchange that will provide contiguous land for both entities. PolyMet officials have said the trade was necessary to accommodate development of a copper-nickel-precious mine near Hoyt Lakes.
Duluth News Tribune
Twin Metals has filed motions to intervene in the recent lawsuits challenging the federal government’s decision to reinstate the company’s mineral leases in the Superior National Forest.
In all of the discussion about copper mining in Minnesota, there is a remarkable lack of references to copper consumption within our state. At the same time that wind and solar energy expansion and electric vehicles are being enthusiastically promoted, the critical role of copper (and nickel) to these developments is never mentioned.
A return to the Obama-era 20-year moratorium on copper mining in Minnesota, as advocated by some, should perhaps be accompanied by a 20-year moratorium on the development and adoption of renewable energy and electric vehicles, and by a concerted investment to find copper (and nickel) substitutes.