As the peak of the 2021 canoe season arrives in July and August, a string of news stories, lawsuits and environmental issues continue to swirl around the wilderness of the Boundary Waters Canoe Region.
During a speech in Grand Marais on the last day of June, Becky Rom, national president of the Campaign to Save Boundary Waters, provided an update on two federal lawsuits relating to a proposed copper-nickel mine on the edge of nature. The lawsuits were brought by Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness (NMW), nine Minnesota companies, including some in Cook County, and four nationwide conservation groups. Those lawsuits are pending while the Biden administration revises its position on the reinstatement and renewal of two federal mining leases held by Twin Metals, according to Rom.
A third federal lawsuit by NMW, the Wilderness Society and the Center for Biological Diversity that disputed 13 prospecting licenses held by Twin Metals has been settled, and the public will have an opportunity to comment on the prospecting licenses, Rom said.
In addition, a state lawsuit brought by NMW challenging Minnesota’s non-ferrous metal mining rules has been settled, and the public will have an opportunity to comment on the adequacy of state rules to protect the waters. bordering.
While in Grand Marais to share updates from the Save Boundary Waters campaign, Rom spoke to Joe Friedrichs of WTIP about ongoing efforts to protect the country’s most visited wilderness area. . The audio below is their conversation.