Hiring more dingoes as babysitters – a reprise

August 7, 2015

When “catastrophe” is putting it charitably

Hiring more dingoes as babysitters

August 7, 2014

Many of you already know about the catastrophic — which seems almost too mild a word, under the circumstances — copper/nickel/gold tailings dam collapse in British Columbia. But if you haven’t, according to the Vancouver Observer, the Mount Polley mine’s tailings dam failed, and “dumped five million cubic metres of toxic waste near the Quesnel and Cariboo Rivers.” Oh, how […]

When the going gets tough

July 11, 2014

The senior mining companies take a powder

How would you like this guy gurgling through your campsite?

July 22, 2013

The babbling brooks of Spruce Road

Colonizing Ely

July 19, 2013

Well, and Hoyt Lakes, too

An ensemble Spotty award

July 18, 2013

Accepting pennies on the dollar from outsiders and colonizers

Perpetual Care

July 17, 2013

It’s not just for cemeteries anymore!

Mommy, what’s that noise I hear in the ground?

July 16, 2013

It’s just mining explosions, dear, go back to sleep

What lies – not very far – beneath

July 12, 2013

Discussions about the proposed new sulfide mines in northern Minnesota always talk about an open pit mine at Hoyt Lakes and and an “underground” mine near Ely. But the “underground” appellation isn’t accurate, or not entirely so, anyway. And when he gets out of Dodge to talk about it, Duluth Metals president Vern Baker (hometown […]

North Shore River

North Shore mining leases go to Duluth Metals

October 25, 2012

Wednesday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources held a metallic mineral lease auction for mineral leases in Aitkin, St. Louis, and Lake County. A total of 9,500 acres of leases received bids from three companies, with about one third of the area offered in this auction receiving bids. The most important and worrisome development is […]