Twin Metals to attraction federal choice on proposed mine

In this Oct. 4, 2011, file photo, a core sample drilled from underground rock near Ely, Minn., shows a band of shiny minerals containing copper, nickel and precious metals, center, that Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, hopes to mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. The Biden administration ordered a study Wednesday, Oct. 20,2021, that could lead to a 20-year ban on mining upstream from the wilderness.

On this Oct. 4, 2011, file photograph, a core pattern drilled from underground rock close to Ely, Minn., reveals a band of shiny minerals containing copper, nickel and valuable metals, heart, that Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, hopes to mine close to the Boundary Waters Canoe Space Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. The Biden administration ordered a examine Wednesday, Oct. 20,2021, that would result in a 20-year ban on mining upstream from the wilderness.

AP Photograph/Steve Karnowski, File

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Twin Metals will attraction a federal choice that dealt a critical blow to its proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, the corporate stated Wednesday.

Final week, the Biden administration ordered a mineral withdrawal examine on 225,000 acres of federal land that would result in a 20-year ban on mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Space Wilderness, a common leisure space within the Superior Nationwide Forest.

The order, which was issued by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Administration, additionally prohibits issuing new prospecting permits or leases for mining-related actions in that space. The companies stated it doesn’t have an effect on legitimate current rights or actions on non-public lands, together with Twin Metals’ leases within the space, though they’re at the moment the topic of a federal court docket problem.

“We stay steadfast in our dedication to the communities of northeast Minnesota,” stated Kelly Osborne, Twin Metals Chief Govt Officer. “Now we have a viable mining undertaking that we’ll transfer ahead underneath current legislation.”

The rejection of the purposes is each politically motivated and fully pointless, stated Julie Padilla, Twin Metals Chief Regulatory Officer.

“This tells us that the federal authorities has no intention to take heed to science, and it additionally makes clear that opponents of copper-nickel mining are afraid that the established environmental evaluation course of already underway for our undertaking would present {that a} fashionable copper-nickel mine could be secure for the surroundings and must be permitted.”

When Twin Metals, which is owned by the Chilean mining big Antofagasta, submitted its formal mine plan to federal and state regulators in 2019, the corporate stated its design would forestall any acid drainage from the sulfide-bearing ore and defend the wilderness from air pollution.

Environmental teams disputed that declare and challenged the lease renewals in court docket.

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