Sulfide Mining

Precinct caucuses are meetings organized by Minnesota’s political parties to begin shaping the party platform. Caucuses are held in locations across Minnesota, are open to the public, and participation is encouraged.

What: Pass a caucus resolution at your 2016 Precinct Caucus


When: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7p.m.


Where: Check with the Minnesota Election Caucus Finder (http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/)

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WHEREAS, the clear lakes, clean air, and healthy forests and rivers of Minnesota are emblematic of Minnesota and so much a part of what we as Minnesotans love about our state; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining results in polluted runoff from mine pits and mine wastes for at least 500 years, if not forever; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has never been done in a water-rich environment without polluting surface and/or groundwater; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide ore mining has created taxpayer liabilities across the country when mining companies go bankrupt, leaving pollution behind; and

WHEREAS there is no assurance that Minnesota taxpayers will be protected from long term costs of sulfide-ore mining; and,

WHEREAS, sulfide mining carries the same boom/bust problems of current mining and diversification of the economy of NE Minnesota into other industries will lead to greater stability.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the x organization finds that sulfide ore mining is significantly different from taconite mining, has unacceptable environmental impacts, and should not be allowed in the sulfur-bearing rock from the Voyageurs National Park and Boundary Waters to and beyond Lake Superior and the St. Louis and Mississippi River Watersheds.