The Mineral Recourses Of The Boundary Waters Region Essay

1703 Words Oct 7th, 2015 7 Pages
The topic to be discussed will be the pros and cons of a proposal by several large to capitalize on the mineral recourses of the Boundary Waters region. The most notable out of these companies is Polynet with the most amount of leverage and progression in enacting mining operations. The importance of this issue is substantial affecting the state of Minnesota environmentally, economically, and the risk to human health. While the economic gains for the region may be substantial it can be argued that regulation needs to be set up and enacted by such organizations as the EPA or DNR to prevent any distortion to the region in question.

The area commonly known as the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is located along the Northeast border of Minnesota and Canada. BWCAW holds the record for the most visited wilderness area in the United States and with the Superior National Forrest located nearby it truly is an amazing untouched region. In total the region occupies roughly 1 million acres that amounts to 20 percent of the fresh water registered in the national forest system. What Polynet is proposing to do is to do is to start open pit sulfide mining procedures to extract the plentiful minerals. Polymet claims that once procedures begin that an expected 39,000 tons of copper, 9,000 tons of nickel, 400 tons of cobalt, 22,000 ounces of platinum, 87,000 ounces of palladium, and 13,800 ounces of gold over the term of the entire project. The Minnesota Department of Natural Recourses…

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