"Save The BWCA" Gets Nervous

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness has been featured in debates over the past several years, as mining companies have been trying to set up near this part of northern Minnesota and wilderness advocates have been trying to keep them out.

Specifically, the Chilean-owned company Twin Metals is spending millions of dollars to get the rights and permissions to build a large, underground copper-nickel mine near Ely, at the edge of the Boundary Waters. In 2016, the Obama administration declared that 234,000 acres of land in this area would be off limits for mining, pending further study of environmental impacts.

On September 6th, 2018, the US Dept of Agriculture cancelled these protections and said that mining leases in the area will be available soon. Alex Falconer represents a Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters, a group very opposed to the possibility of mining at the edge of the BWCA. Alex recently joined Paul Brohaugh to talk about this.

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