Mining Thoughts

To parts of the outside world, Northern Minnesota is a dreamy environmental oasis with clean water, pristine streams home to trout and salmon, rare species of wildlife, Native American Indian and early settler heritages; it’s a place to camp, hike, canoe, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. So the world must wonder if Minnesota will sacrifice these increasingly rare resources for other pursuits. Today the opposition to the environment: mining jobs.

Does Minnesota (YOU!) want to increasingly encourage more people to settle in the northern or north-central regions (with the need for more jobs), or does Minnesota want to use (preserve) that land space and the natural resources for greater preservation and/or recreation? It has traditionally been used for both but this mining debate opens a bigger debate that, as land space becomes more valuable, will continue over the years to come.

Meeting history and more info. HERE

 You can voice your opinion at one of two remaining meetings: TONIGHT Jan. 22, 2014 in Aurora from 5 – 10 p.m. — Per DNR: “Attendees will also have an opportunity to offer comments regarding the adequacy and completeness of the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS).”
Location:

Mesabi East High School
601 N 1st St W, Aurora, MN 55705
5:00 p.m. – open house
6:45 – 10:00 p.m. formal presentation and public comment period

 

The third meeting is in St. Paul on Jan. 28, 2014

Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102
5:00 p.m. – open house
6:45 – 10:00 p.m. formal presentation and public comment period

Parking information

The DNR is also taking written comments through March 13.

Submit comments to: NorthMetSDEIS.dnr@state.mn.us. E-mail submissions should include a full name and legal mailing address.

Or Mail Written comments to:

Lisa Fay, EIS Project Manager
MDNR Division of Ecological and Water Resources
Environmental Review Unit
500 Lafayette Road, Box 25
St. Paul, MN 55155-4025