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Feds reinstate leases for Twin Metals mine in NE Minnesota

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, a core sample drilled from underground rock near Ely, Minn., shows a band of shiny minerals containing copper, nickel and precious metals, center, that Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, hopes to mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. The federal Bureau of Land Management has reinstated mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The leases cover land in Superior National Forest 9 miles southeast of Ely that encompasses reserves of copper, nickel and precious metals. Environmental groups are fighting the project, fearing mining would spoil the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness. Twin Metals Minnesota plans to submit its underground mine proposal in the coming months. Photo: (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, a core sample drilled from underground rock near Ely, Minn., shows a band of shiny minerals containing copper, nickel and precious metals, center, that Twin Metals Minnesota LLC, hopes to mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. The federal Bureau of Land Management has reinstated mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The leases cover land in Superior National Forest 9 miles southeast of Ely that encompasses reserves of copper, nickel and precious metals. Environmental groups are fighting the project, fearing mining would spoil the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness. Twin Metals Minnesota plans to submit its underground mine proposal in the coming months.

May 15, 2019 01:10 PM

The federal Bureau of Land Management has reinstated mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Land and Mineral Management Joe Balash announced the renewal Wednesday.

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Balash says mining on public lands balances conservation policies with the "need to produce minerals that add value to the lives of all Americans."

The leases cover land 9 miles southeast of Ely that encompasses vast reserves of copper, nickel and precious metals. The land is part of the Superior National Forest.

Environmental groups are fighting the project, fearing mining would spoil the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness.

Twin Metals Minnesota CEO Kelly Osborne calls the lease renewal "a critical step" for the company to present its proposal for an underground mine.

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