Federal land prospecting clears hurdle

Federal land prospecting clears hurdle

Postby PaddlerJimmy » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:27 pm

Federal land prospecting clears hurdle
The mix of land ownership across northern Minnesota makes for a confusing array of rules, regulation and access for minerals exploration.
By: Forum Communications, Published April 23, 2011, 09:04 PM

The mix of land ownership across northern Minnesota makes for a confusing array of rules, regulation and access for minerals exploration.

On federal land within the Superior National Forest, companies have applied for the right to prospect for copper, nickel and other valuable metals across 44,000 acres, much of it near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, over the next 20 years.

Atlanta-based Encampment Resources wants to prospect on 18,100 acres. Minnesota-based Twin Metals is interested in 5,700 acres. Prime Meridian of Calgary, Alta., has applied to explore 720 acres. Lehmann Exploration of Minnesota applied for 3,140 acres.

The Superior National Forest’s recent environmental review on prospecting found no major issues, estimating that the search for more metals underground would disturb about 186 acres a year. Drilling rigs would need up to 860 miles of temporary roads over 20 years, and drill noise could reach some BWCA campers, the study found.

The environmental review dealt only with the prospecting and not any actual mining.

Mining critics say the environmental review pointed to major issues, including disturbances for landowners and camps in an otherwise quiet area but also “increased impacts to imperiled wildlife such as lynx, wolves and moose,” said Marc Fink of Duluth, attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity. Fink said the federal review failed to look at the cumulative impacts of mining prospecting on adjacent or nearby state and private land.

Comments on the federal draft environmental review of minerals exploration on the national forest will be accepted through May 15. Send to the attention of James W. Sanders, Forest Supervisor, 8901 Grand Avenue Place, Duluth, MN 55808 or by phone to Loretta Cartner at (218) 626-4382, by fax to (218) 626-4398, or by e-mail to comments-eastern-superior@fs.fed.us. Put “Federal Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits Draft EIS” in the subject line of all correspondence.

A copy of the draft EIS is available on the SNF website ; scroll down to “Federal Hardrock Minerals Prospecting Permits EIS.”
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