Mesabi Daily News

Exploratory mining is about drilling holes in the ground to bring up core samples from which companies and developers can determine the potential profitability of a mineral deposit in that area.

Plain and simple, such drilling is not a mining project that requires greater environmental review.

Yet some environmentalists have used exploratory drilling to play their harassing game of delay to try to thwart legitimate mining activity.

That’s what is once again being attempted by some individual landowners who are supported by preservationist groups to try to block the awarding of 31 mineral leases for exploratory mining in the region.

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