Mount Polley Resources
Mining Truth is running a video ad featuring the Mount Polley mine disaster statewide on television and online. In addition, Mining Truth ran a full page print ad in the February 3, 2015, St. Paul Pioneer Press.
- Download the Mount Polley video ad
- Download B-roll video of the Mount Polley disaster
- View the February 2015 print ad
- Learn more about the facts in the ad
- Side-by-side comparison of Mount Polley and the PolyMet proposal
- Read the Mount Polley Review Panel report
- Read Dr. David Chambers’ expert report on PolyMet and the Mount Polley Review Panel recommendations
- Read the MPCA press release regarding the tailings spill at the Minorca Mine
- Read the Army Corps of Engineers Permit application describing the Hibbing Taconite tailings dam crack
PolyMet Public Input Resources
Mining Truth is organized tens of thousands of public comments on the PolyMet draft mine plan (Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement.) Here are downloadable versions of fact sheets people used to write constructive comments about the proposal.
Four Clean Water Principles
Mining Truth is asking Governor Dayton and Minnesota political leaders to adopt four Clean Water Principles. These four questions need to be answered “yes” before any sulfide mine should be permitted in Minnesota. Below are the background sheets on each question.
- Question 1: Will Minnesota’s water stay safe and clean?
- Question 2: Are there strong safeguards in place for when things go wrong?
- Question 3: Will the company leave the site clean and maintenance free?
- Question 4: Will Minnesota’s taxpayers be protected?
These questions are important, since other sulfide mines in America and Canada have failed to protect water, local communities, and taxpayers from pollution. Below are fact sheets that use examples from other mines to project what could happen to Minnesota.
- Question 1: The Boundary Waters, Giants Ridge and the Hoyt Lakes drinking water supply are all downstream of proposed sulfide mines.
- Question 2: Water treatment plants, pipelines, and tailings dams can all break at sulfide mines.
- Question 3: Too often, the task of maintaining and cleaning up old mine sites falls to taxpayers.
- Question 4: Sulfide mines in other states have left taxpayers with hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs.
Mining Information Resources
Mining Truth researches and reports on issues related to sulfide mining, from employment potential to water quality impacts. All reports include only credible information and cite reputable third-party sources.
- The Mining Truth Report: Frequently Asked Questions about Sulfide Mining in Minnesota
- Will Sulfide Mines Bring Employment and Economic Benefits to Minnesota?
- How Corporations Evade Liability for Pollution at Closed Mines
- Will Sulfide Mining Companies Play by Minnesota’s Rules?
- Fact Sheet: Wisconsin’s Flambeau Mine
- PolyMet permit application provides pile of new documents, but few new answers
- PolyMet’s Permit Applications Demonstrate Risk to Minnesota Waters
- PolyMet EIS not "adequate," fails to address key problems
Key Information Sources
- The Economic Anomaly of Mining–Great Wealth, High Wages, Declining Communities
- Predicting Water Quality Problems at Hardrock Mines
- Putting a Price on Pollution
- Hardrock Mining: Risks to Community Health
- Groundwater and Surface Water Contamination at the Flambeau Mine
- Acid Mine Drainage and Effects on Fish Health and Ecology
- PolyMet Draft Environmental Impact Statement