18 Feb 2021
February 18, 2021

In Response: Flambeau Mine successfully operated, successfully closed

February 18, 2021

Duluth News Tribune
By Frank Ongaro of Duluth, executive director of Mining Minnesota (miningminnesota.com), an advocacy group for copper-nickel mining

In her Feb. 10 commentary in the News Tribune, Laura Gauger argued that the Flambeau Mine in Wisconsin is not an example of a successful mining project. Unfortunately, the commentary conveniently omitted several facts.

While a focus should be on Minnesota’s comprehensive, science-based environmental review and permitting processes, it is important to point out some key facts about the Flambeau Mine.

First, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources holds this mine up as an example of a successful operation and successful closure. Plans for closure and reclamation were part of the initial permitting process and were approved by state regulators. The reclaimed site is now home to acres of wetlands, hundreds of species of plants and animals, miles of hiking trails, and five miles of equestrian trails open to the public year-round.

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