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Why This Matters: This project is a continued attack on federally protected lands and provides a false sense of economic security to the region. The mining industry provides little stimulus to the economy of Minnesota, as “mining and natural resources only [made] up about 3 percent of GDP in the state of Minnesota” for 2017, but tourism generates $45 million each year in perpetuity. Moreover, the mining jobs don’t last — the workers and a permanently scarred landscape are commonly left behind when mines close. Just ask the coal miners in so many communities across the U.S.
The “Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness …contains 1.1 million acres of pristine water and unspoiled woodlands… [and] 20 percent of all the freshwater in the entire National Forest System” according to Save the Boundary Waters. But there is a long history of mining companies putting profits before workers. Mining workers have experienced health problems like black lungs, unpaid work, and their mining communities are left behind to suffer when the industry moves.
What You Can Do: Click here to send your member of Congress an email to support Rep. McCollum’s effort to block the mine. You can also get updates from the group Save the Boundary Waters by clicking here. And, of course, follow ODP as we continue to shine a light on the mining project.
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By Zoey Shipley and Monica Medina Drinking water and wastewater utilities – many of which are run by state and local governments – did not get dedicated assistance in the Stimulus package the House of Representatives will vote on today, even though they are going to face steeply declining revenue when people and businesses can’t […]
Yesterday was World Water Day and the focus this year was on the interconnectedness of water and climate change. As 2020 was set to be a critical year for climate action (though the coronavirus outbreak could change that), it’s timely to bring attention to how a warming planet affects the world’s water supplies and exacerbates […]