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Minnesota’s Mining Not an Economic Panacea?>

“Mining could be a huge economic boost for the state, say proponents of an iron ore mine in northwestern Wisconsin. But it hasn’t been a cure-all for the big iron ranges of Minnesota and Michigan.” Read the full article by Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel writer, Lee Bergquist here.

Winter 2014 Update?>

Happy New Year from the Trust team. Here’s a quick update on our progress.

We had some wonderful opportunities for filming this summer and fall and we’re working on getting back to the upper Great Lakes this winter. As you know, the mining industry continues to push forward in the region and we’re dedicated to following this important story and getting accurate information out to the public.

With that in mind, we’re continuing to build our website content and develop additional webisodes and INFOgraphics. Our next webisode will be an introduction to treaty rights. You can visit our website for current videos from our production team as well as from allied artists. We also post public comment opportunities on mining related environmental permit applications. You can follow us on Facebook for the latest news on water, mining and treaty rights issues in the Great Lakes. Please feel free to comment on our site. We’d love to hear your ideas on what type of content would be useful to you.

We’re also applying for grants to help us push this project forward with additional funding. Funding is important, but so is an audience. We can always use more viewers, so please continue to share this project with your friends.

Thank You for your continued support!

 

Public Hearings on Polymet Northmet Project | MN?>

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 5-10pm | DECC – Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr, Duluth, MN 55802

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 5-10pm | Mesabi East High School, 601 N 1st St W, Aurora, MN 55705

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 5-10pm | Saint Paul River Centre, 175 West Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102

Three public information meetings will be held regarding the Polymet Northmet Project, Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service are seeking public review and input on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Public Comment Period Begins: Dec. 14, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: March 13, 2014

For the full text of this announcement, a copy of the SDEIS, fact sheets and information on how to submit your comments, visit the MDNR website at, www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/polymet/index.html.

For additional information on the hearings click here.

Public Comment Period Open for Polymet Northmet | MN?>

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and U.S. Forest Service are seeking public review and input on the Supplementary Draft Environmental Impact Statement for The Ploymet Northmet Project. The comprehensive environmental analysis of Minnesota’s first proposed copper-nickel mine has been released for public review and input.

Public Comment Period Begins: Dec. 14, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: March 13, 2014

Public hearings will be held. For the full text of this announcement, a copy of the SDEIS, fact sheets and information on how to submit your comments, visit the MDNR website at, www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/environmentalreview/polymet/index.html.

Keweenaw Copper (Highland Copper) Public Briefings | MI?>

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 7-8:30pm | Calumet High School Commons Area, Calumet, MI
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 7-8:30pm | Houghton High School Multipurpose Room, Houghton, MI

Contact: Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK) at, info@folkup.org

In 2012 Highland Copper Company, a Canadian mining corporation, through its U.S. subsidiary Keweenaw Copper Company began a mining project in Keweenaw County.  Test drilling is underway to determine the potential value of the ore body at two sites. Public briefings will be held at the dates and locations above.

For more information on the proposed project visit the Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK) website at, www.folkminingeducation.info/

To read FOLK’s fact sheet, click here.

Mine Dewatering and Groundwater Levels?>

Mine Dewatering and Groundwater Levels

INFOgraphic | How mine dewatering affects groundwater levels. | Groundwater flows from aquifers into the ore pit, reducing the quantity of water available to local springs and wells. The size of the area affected by this drawing off of the groundwater is determined by the area’s geology and hydrology.

More Video Artists = More Information?>

We’re adding a new feature to the Trust website. Our Watch Video page will now include videos by allied artists. Our goal for Trust is to spread information related to hard-rock mining, treaty rights and the protection of the Great Lakes across cultures, across the region and across the country. This new collection of videos by filmmakers from the region will help us do just that. These videos will explore cultural, scientific and legal information related to these topics. We hope you enjoy them and share them. Just click here.

Public Hearing on GTac Bulk Sampling Activity | WI?>

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, 10am-8pm | Hurley High School, 5503 W. Range View Drive, Hurley, WI

Contact(s): Ann Coakley, DNR Waste and Materials director – 608-516-2492.

The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public informational hearing August 15 on the proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication notice to mine at Gogebic Taconite’s potential mining project near Mellen, Wisconsin. To read the complete WDNR statement click here.

The hearing will be a public informational hearing, where individuals can provide oral or written comments as well as learn about the proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication description of the potential mine project. Any member of the public may submit written comments on the proposed bulk sampling activity or the preapplication description of the potential mining project through September 3, 2013.

Agency staff will provide a brief summary of the available information about the bulk sampling and DNR approvals needed by Gogebic Taconite. These informational presentations will be at 10 am and 5 pm. The department will also provide a summary of the steps that must be followed prior to the submission of a mining application for the project.

To read the DNR response to GTac’s initial bulk sampling application, click here.

To read GTac’s response to the DNR’s comments on their application, click here.

To read additional documents, or to sign up for email alerts on this project, click here.

Public Comment Period Open on GTac Bulk Sampling Activity | WI?>

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has announced the opening of a public comment period on the proposed bulk sampling activity and the preapplication notice to mine at Gogebic Taconite’s potential mining project near Mellen, Wisconsin.

Public Comment Period Begins: Aug. 1, 2013

Public Comment Period Ends: Sept. 3, 2013

Any member of the public may submit written comments on the proposed bulk sampling activity or the preapplication description of the potential mining project. To read the complete WDNR statement click here.

Comments may be submitted via mail to: Larry Lynch, DNR, 101 S. Webster Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53707

or by e-mail to: DNRWAMINING-GOGEBICTACONITE@Wisconsin.gov.

To read the DNR response to GTac’s initial bulk sampling application, click here.

To read GTac’s response to the DNR’s comments on their application, click here.

To read additional documents, or to sign up for email alerts on this project, click here.

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