Back to Top

US Blocks Cooper Mine

Today the US Forest Service announced the revocation of mining leases for a proposed copper mine adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. 

The mining leases, originally issued in 1966, included land in the Superior National Forest. Twin Metals recently proposed opening a full scale copper mine on the site threatening the Canoe Area's pristine waters.

Numerous groups and individuals fought the project including Geoffrey Petzel. Petzel wrote a letter to the US Forest Service in July requesting the leases be revoked because they violated modern environmental law and violated the right of all Americans to enjoy clean water.

"The revocation of federal leases adjacent to the Boundary Waters is a true example of our government working for the people. I applaud the Forest Service for making the right decision to protect the park."

It is unclear if the Trump Administration will have any ability to overturn the decision.

Paid for by Geoffrey Petzel for Congress
Powered by - Political Campaign Websites