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Hundreds at UMD Hall for Copper & Nickel Mining Discussion

Posted at: 04/09/2013 10:13 PM
Updated at: 04/09/2013 10:48 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

Hundreds of people packed a UMD hall Tuesday night to listen to a panel discussion about copper and nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota.

Before the panel discussion, Eyewitness News spoke with two panelists on opposite sides of the debate.

Bob McFarlin, with mining company Twin Metals Minnesota, said "we'd be imploring underground techniques which have great environmental benefits. It minimizes the surface impact and gives us opportunities to store waste - which is always part of the mining process - underground and away from water sources."

Betsy Daub, with Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, said "these types of mines have always polluted their nearby waters every place that they have been done in the country. These are high-risk polluting mines that we're talking about putting near places Minnesotans care a whole lot about."

Twin Metals is exploring copper and nickel mining in northeastern Minnesota. Meanwhile, Polymet intends on doing that type of mining the Iron Range but is still in the permitting process.