Next big thing looms on Iron Range
On a warm fall day, in a clearing cut into the evergreen and birch forest, a drill rig roars as it bores deep into northeastern Minnesota bedrock.
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Since: May 08
#1 Oct 16, 2011
Copper-nickel mining can do atrocious damage to the surrounding environment. I have seen photos of the area around the CuNi mines at Sudbury, Ontario -- resembles a lunar landscape.
What is needed is perspective. Sure, allowing CuNi mines would add jobs to a long-suffering area. However, what is likely is that those jobs would eventually be offset by the death-by-pollution of the EXISTING businesses in the area. When acid rain has ruined the lakes, there are no fish to catch, and the trees die out -- all those resorts and rental agencies and supporting businesses that form towns will also die out. When the mines close, there will be nothing left to see or do in Northern Minnesota.
So, do we protect the environment and the current economic players already there -- or do we sell them out for some medium-term gain that will probably destroy the whole area -- forever?
Gosh, who has the most money for lobbyists -- large mining corporations, or Verna's Cafe & Cabins with Ed's Bait Shop? Hmmmmm.
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