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Our Mission Statement
1. Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth
2. Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources
3. Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment
4. Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives
Mining Without Harm
A conservation campaign of the North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Sierra Club volunteers have been active in Minnesota mining issues since the founding of the North Star Chapter in 1968. The Reserve Mining water quality lawsuit (asbestos-like fibers in Duluth's drinking water), copper-nickel mining, and taconite plants became issues.
Recently Club volunteers in northern Minnesota have been watching the media reports on new proposals for major mining projects. Reports are dominated by a threat for companies to begin sulfide mining (from which copper, nickel, and other metals are extracted*), a toxic type of mining never done in Minnesota before. It is far more dangerous to the environment than taconite mining. Numerous projects now threaten the region, and are driven by higher metal prices that make the investment more attractive from a business perspective.
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