New York Times report details mining debate in northern Minnesota

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MinnPost staff Creative Commons/Roy LuckAn abandoned open pit iron ore mine near Virginia, Minnesota.The New York Times heads up to northern Minnesota for a big report on the mining debate. Reid Forgrave reports: “… [T]here’s a generations-long rift in Ely — between those who believe minerals are the region’s greatest asset and those who believe clean waters are — that has been laid bare recently. In December the Obama administration denied a renewal of Twin Metals’ mining leases and put in place a moratorium while a two-year comprehensive federal study is being conducted on mining near the Boundary Waters. Depending on its findings, the stoppage could be a prelude to what conservationist groups here hope for most: a 20-year...

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