Twin Metals responds to pause on environmental review

February 16, 2022

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced that would stop work on the state’s review of the proposed Twin Metals Mine and instead redirect staff resources to other high-priority projects.

Twin Metals said in a statement that it “is working to determine the next steps to continue to advance our underground copper, nickel, cobalt and platinum group metals project. A pause on the environmental review process is necessary and appropriate while we defend our project and our mineral rights in court.”

The pause comes about three weeks after the Biden administration announced the cancellation of mineral leases that had been held on the property.

We remain committed to the communities of northeast Minnesota and to advancing a modern mine that will produce the minerals necessary for combatting climate change, strengthening domestic supply chains and creating American jobs.

Twin Metals has spent about $530 million and more than a decade developing plans for an underground mine for copper and other metals near Ely, MN, just south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The company has said it will challenge the lease cancellation.

“We remain committed to the communities of northeast Minnesota and to advancing a modern mine that will produce the minerals necessary for combatting climate change, strengthening domestic supply chains and creating American jobs,” the company said in a statement.

The Department of the Interior is also proposing a 20-year moratorium on new mining projects in the area, spanning about 350 square miles within the watershed of the Boundary Waters, because of potential environmental damage to the wilderness.
 

 

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