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Environment Minnesota Protests Precious Metals Mining with 15,000 Petitions

Updated: 08/07/2014 11:03 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 5:50 PM WDIO.com

An environmental group gathered in Duluth on Thursday to express its opposition to precious metals mining, or what it calls sulfide mining.

Environment Minnesota has been collecting petitions all summer. The petitions ask President Obama to oppose all development of precious metals mining, or what they call sulfide mining, including the Twin Metals Minnesota mine in the watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Field Manager Kieran Manzella said the Boundary Waters wilderness is too special to lose.

"It's really not something that we're willing to risk, no matter the benefit that these companies are trying to ply other Minnesotans with," he said. "The tradeoff is not there, and this isn't some place that we can actually risk putting on the line for these mines."

The group is concerned about pollution and drainage from the mine causing contamination. They've collected 15,000 petitions to send to the president.

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