Speaker Kurt Daudt sent a letter to President Trump asking for a reversal of the Obama administration’s positions on mineral leases for Twin Metals.
Jerry Burnes of the Mesabi Daily News:
“We believe very strongly that we can access those natural resources safely,” Daudt said at a news conference Monday. “We know that the economy and jobs are dependent upon us growing the mining industry and the Range. We think we’ve got really good, safe opportunities to do that.”
In December, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) took action to block more than 230,000 acres of national forest land near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from future mining leases, which included the proposed Twin Metals underground copper-nickel mine near Ely. In a separate action, the Obama administration also denied mineral leases to the company, which is being fought through a federal lawsuit brought on by Twin Metals.