Corps of Engineers: tear up this permit

April 27, 2022

Polymet’s 404 wetlands destruction permit must be revoked


Twin Metals looks to be a goner

February 23, 2022

A gentleman does not “gloat,” but certainly I was pleased to see this (and I have plenty of company): About three weeks after President Joe Biden’s administration canceled two federal mineral leases near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it has stopped work on the state’s environmental review […]


Twin Metals gets slapped back

June 26, 2020

At least, I hope that’s how we can interpret this. Minnesota environmental regulators have published nearly 800 comments on the Twin Metals plan to build a copper-nickel mine just outside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota, deeming the company’s project proposal “incomplete.” The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says it needs […]

Follow the money

September 19, 2019

The rep from mining

Skipping down Memory Lane with PolyMet

June 22, 2019

If you get the right pollution regulators, they are your defenders, not your regulators

Former DNR Commish Tom Landwehr:

May 27, 2019

The fate of the headwaters of the St. Louis River is in Minnesota’s hands

What color is your hat?

December 12, 2015

You only get to wear one color

A serious talk about sulfide mining

November 18, 2015

It’s time for a serious talk among environmentalists about sulfide mining in Minnesota. A serious and uncomfortable talk. As readers here know, the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) on the proposed PolyMet open-pit copper was issued on Friday (of course), November 13th. The public has 30 days from that date to comment on the FEIS. […]

Dr. Pangloss goes to work for PolyMet

March 14, 2014

And he’s been lecturing the media

Uh, Minnesota, about that bag you’re holding, part two

February 25, 2014

Last time, I promised more information about the State of Minnesota’s gaping holes in its regulatory scheme for sulfide mining. I hinted at one of them: inadequate provision for protecting the public — not just the state — from the harm of mining activity. Before continuing, however, I feel compelled to point out some of the vessels […]

If only PolyMet knew now what it knew then

February 4, 2014

One of the very best ways, my friends, to evaluate what someone says is to see what s/he said before. We’ll get into that in a moment, but first a brief reprise of things written here previously. I have written before, on a couple of occasions, about PolyMet’s hopes and dreams for the flow of […]

The DNR’s cold comfort

February 1, 2014

You shouldn’t worry, because they have it covered!