Northern Minnesota has a long, proud taconite mining tradition, but the new sulfide mines that foreign companies are proposing are very different from iron mining and very risky for our state.
Sulfide mining has never been done in Minnesota. It could contaminate important watersheds with toxic chemicals, including acid and cyanide. That means permanent damage in the Boundary Waters, pollution in and near Lake Superior, and contaminated drinking water for many Minnesotans.
No Damage Deposit
In many cases, foreign mining interests just like these have gone bankrupt, underestimated costs, or struck back room deals with politicians to avoid paying the full costs -- leaving taxpayers stuck with the bills for hundreds of millions of dollars.
Toxic sulfide waste, ruined drinking water and lost natural treasures are bad enough -- but economic devastation is the last thing Northern Minnesota needs.
Wrong for Minnesota
On August 4, 2014, a partial dam breach at the Mount Polley Mine in British Columbia released 1.3 billion gallons of contaminated tailings into pristine creeks and lakes. See an aerial view of the aftermath.
Common Sense Minnesota released a 60-second radio advertisement today that articulates the view of many Minnesotans. Dave Zentner of Duluth talks about his lifelong ...
Who We Are
Common Sense Minnesota is a group of people who believe that copper sulfide mining would do more harm than good if brought to Minnesota.
First we recognize that iron mining has long been an important part of Minnesota's economy and history, and produces thousands of valuable jobs.
Some of our group are business executives; others are hunters and fishermen. We come together as one to say that sulfide mining will do more harm than good for our state.
President, Common Sense Minnesota
Why We’re Taking Action
We are concerned about the much riskier kind of mining being proposed near the Boundary Waters and the rivers that feed Lake Superior. Sulfide mining produces sulfuric acid and toxic heavy metals that could poison our water and destroy unspoiled wilderness.
We were called to action by a recent massive spill at a state-of-the-art sulfide mine in Canada that released millions of gallons of toxic waste into a pristine watershed.
The Mount Polley disaster is the latest example of how risky these kinds of mines are to our lakes, rivers and Boundary Waters.