Environmental advocates in northeastern Minnesota plan to file a petition with the DNR on Tuesday, taking issue with the state's plans to auction off more metallic minerals exploration leases, the Associated Press reports. Critics fear new prospecting and mining could dramatically endanger the environment, including drinking water, trout streams and recreation trails. About 140 have signed it, but it wasn't immediately clear what effect the petition might have on the leasing process.
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Opponents seek review of state plan to auction mineral leases
Opponents of a state plan to auction off the mineral rights in three areas of northeastern Minnesota hope to force an environmental review. They'll file a petition Tuesday asking the DNR to study the effects of mineral prospecting in the areas. They say it could affect water quality and property values near the sites in St. Louis, Lake, and Aitkin Counties.
Mesabi Metallics sues DNR for terminating lease at unfinished Iron Range mine
The Minnesota DNR terminated the lease after Mesabi Metallics failed to pay a $200 million lease requirement by May 1.
Mineral leases for proposed Twin Metals mine near Boundary Waters canceled
A review by the DOI found "significant legal deficiencies" with the leases' 2019 renewal.
Worker delivers Black Friday petition to Target headquarters
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Landowners fight to stop state from selling mineral rights out from under them
Some people in northern Minnesota are finding that while they own their homes and land, they don't necessarily own the minerals below. Now they're trying to stop state officials from giving mining companies the rights to drill on their property. The state routinely sells land while holding on to the mineral rights. Leasing those rights can bring the state tens of millions of dollars a year.
Sled dogs leave Duluth today to deliver mining petitions to governor
Protesters worried that sulfide mining could harm the Northland's environment gathered Sunday in a Duluth park, along with a dozen sled dogs waiting to carry 10,000 signatures to the state Capitol in St. Paul. Musher and former state representative Frank Moe will lead the dogs to the Twin Cities starting Monday.
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