By Diane Hiniker (Contact)
To be delivered to: Governor Mark Dayton, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama
The purpose of this petition is to stop, before it begins, sulfide mining in northern Minnesota.
The rock formations containing MN's copper and nickel minerals also contain sulfur compounds. When millions of tons of this rock are exposed to water and air through mining, sulfuric acid is formed creating Acid Mine Drainage and leaching metals into ground and surface water. Superfund sites from sulfide mining require billions of dollars in clean-up costs. The jobs created by mining are few compared to the ones provided by the year round tourism that supports northeastern Minnesota.
This pristine environment enjoyed by millions year round must be protected. Mining companies make many promises but they cannot guaranty accident free worksites.
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