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Published on Jun 14, 2013
Originally broadcast live on KFAI Radio from from the lecture hall of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics Center at the University of Minnesota at Duluth, this fifth TruthToTell: Community Connections forum seeks to meet head-on the persistent issue of pending permits to open up the huge lode of copper and nickel underneath part of what's called the Laurentian Divide, including much of the Mesabi Range and tribal areas of Northern Minnesota.
This is about whether or not PolyMet Mining and Twin Metals companies should be allowed to scrape open at least two massive sulfide mine pits so to extract from the so-called Duluth Complex, the third-richest lodes of copper and nickel in the world, while the lakes, rivers and water tables and air quality suffer the nasty side effects -- sulfide-derived acids -- of those projects, perhaps destroying forevermore the pristine waters and their unique crop of manoomin -- or wild rice held sacred by Ojibwe.
Watch this exciting and informative coversation unfold just days before the impending release of the preliminary supplement to the draft environmental impact statement required by the federal EPA for mine projects such as these.
Paula Maccabee: Attorney, and Policy Director for WaterLegacy
Aaron Klemz: Policy and Communications Director for the Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
Tamara Jones: Carlton County Central Labor Body President and Union Rep for Local 1189 of the United Food and Commercial Workers
Nancy Schuldt: Water Resource Policy Director for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa