Category: Mining

Clean Energy Means Clean Water: The Water Energy Nexus Explained

Posted on April 19, 2019 by

Most children know that turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth saves water, but it’s less intuitive to see that turning off the bathroom light or opening windows in the summer can too. People have been using water as energy since 200 BC when the Romans used water to turn mills that crushed […]

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Federal Agencies Question Back Forty Sulfide Mine Permit

Posted on March 14, 2018 by

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, and the Fish and Wildlife Service sent a joint letter to the state of Michigan identifying key deficiencies in the wetlands permit submitted by Aquila Resources for the proposed Back Forty mine. The proposed sulfide mine would be located on the Michigan side of the Upper […]

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Wisconsin Legislature Repeals Moratorium on Sulfide Mining

Posted on November 8, 2017 by

The Wisconsin State Senate passed a bill yesterday (November 7th, 2017) that rescinds the state’s “Prove It First” law.  Passed in 1998 with overwhelming bipartisan support (29-3 in the Senate and 91-6 in the Assembly), “Prove It First” was a reaction to high-profile cases of pollution from sulfide mines (gold, silver, copper, etc.). In what […]

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Wisconsin Considers Repeal of Popular “Prove It First” Mining Law

Posted on September 13, 2017 by

Open-pit sulfide mines expose sensitive sulfide rock formations that release devastating and long-lasting pollution when mixed with water. Wisconsinites—tell your legislators to vote no on repealing “Prove It First.” Wisconsin State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) introduced a bill that would effectively rescind the state’s “Prove It First” law.  This landmark legislation requires mining corporations to […]

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Congressional Bill Would Fast-Track Land Swap for Minnesota’s PolyMet Mine

Posted on July 26, 2017 by

This blog post draws from information gathered by the Minnesota Environmental Partnership. Check out their website for more information on mining in Minnesota. On Friday, July 14th, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands heard testimony for HR 3115—a bill that fast-tracks a land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and PolyMet […]

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Freshwater Future Calls for Investigation Into Michigan’s Eagle Mine

Posted on July 6, 2017 by

Photo credit: jeremiaheagleeye Freshwater Future submitted a letter to Attorney General Bill Schuette and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) calling for an investigation into the geological stability of Eagle Mine—an underground nickel and copper mine located in western Marquette County of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Officials at Lundin Mining failed to publicly disclose a […]

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Aquila Mine Comment Opportunity

Posted on October 5, 2016 by

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality is poised to approve a massive, 83 acre, open pit sulfide mine, with on-site processing and tailings, all within 150 feet of the biggest river system in the Upper Peninsula, the Menominee River. If there is any hope of stopping this terrible project it’s going to take YOU and many […]

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