Appeals court says group can sue over mining rules |

Appeals court says group can sue over mining rules

The Associated Press
Updated: December 27, 2021 10:36 PM
Created: December 27, 2021 02:53 PM

ELY, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota appellate court has affirmed that a wilderness advocacy group has standing to challenge state rules on copper mine sites. The Minnesota Appeals Court's ruling Monday means that Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness' lawsuit can continue.

The group filed the action in June 2020 arguing the 29-year-old siting rules should prohibit copper mining along waters that flow directly into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The group fears run-off from a proposed Twin Metals Minnesota copper-nickel mine in the Rainy River Headwaters would flow into the Boundary Waters.

Twin Metals Minnesota moved to dismiss the lawsuit, arguing the wilderness group hasn't shown any injury.

Appellate Judge Michael Kirk ruled Monday that state environmental law grants broad standing.


The Associated Press

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Space heater cited in Aitkin County fire that killed three

Saxon man back from second trip to Ukraine

Northland Strong: Mason Archibald

School districts reflect on security, in the wake of shooting in Texas

Biden signs policing order on anniversary of Floyd's death

Texas elementary school shooting kills 19 children, 2 adults