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EARTHWORKS | Polluting the Future

EARTHWORKS | Polluting the Future | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gestring, B. Sumi, L. Polluting the Future.Earthworks.1May.2013.Web.10July2014.

 

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Excellent academic article addressing the loss of clean water to mines and perpetual pollution in various parts of the United States.

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Recent News | WaterLegacy

Recent News | WaterLegacy | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it

 

 

www.waterlegacy.org.Web.9July2014

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Latest news on health risks of sulfide mining presented by medical personnel, including brain damage, cancer/lung disease, and arsenic poisoning. Information posted pertaining to requests to EPA for an impact statement regarding effects to the Lake Superior Basin. Many links to facts about sulfide mining.

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Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy > Home

Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy > Home | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it

www.minnesotacenterforenvironmentaladvocacy.Web.9July2014

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Site with many helpful links in contentious battle between mining officials and environmentalists.

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PolyMet's mine aims to protect environment with technology | Prairie Business Magazine | Grand Forks, ND

PolyMet's mine aims to protect environment with technology | Prairie Business Magazine | Grand Forks, ND | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it
ST. PAUL - When it comes to the technologies mining companies employ to scrape minerals out of the ground, process them, and safely dispose of the waste, everything is on an immense scale.

 

Kraker, D. PolyMet's Mine Aims To Protect Environment

With Technology11March2014.Web.9July2014.

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PolyMet CEO oulines plans to prevent water pollution at mine sites through use of undisclosed technology and cut-off walls.

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Climate Change, the Great Lakes, and Mining | CAKE: Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange

Climate Change, the Great Lakes, and Mining | CAKE: Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it

Feifel, K.M. & Whittaker, E. (2012). Climate Change, the Great Lakes, and Mining. [Case study on a project of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve].

Product of EcoAdapt's State of Adaption Program. Retrieved from CAKE: www.cakex.org/case-studies/5190 .(Last updated October 2012) Web.9 July,2014.

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Well presented acedemic article concerning attempts to include climate related impacts in all mining regulations. MI currentlyhas a 2009 law preventing local intervention in mining operations.

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PolyMet Mine Proposal | Mining Truth

PolyMet Mine Proposal | Mining Truth | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it
PolyMet's Minnesota mining project proposes to develop an open-pit mine to extract copper, nickel and other metals.

 

www.miningtruth.org.Web.9July2014

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This site features information on the specifics of PolyMet's proposal to begin sulfide mining in the Superior National Forest of northern MN. Read about the locations, procedures, and impacts to the area should this proposal be implemented.

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Mining and Water Don't Mix: Acid Mine Drainage Threatens Lake Superior and ... - Natural Resources Defense Council (blog)

Mining and Water Don't Mix: Acid Mine Drainage Threatens Lake Superior and ... - Natural Resources Defense Council (blog) | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it
Mining and Water Don't Mix: Acid Mine Drainage Threatens Lake Superior and ...

 

Geertsma, M.Mining and Water Don't Mix:Acid Mine Drainage Threatens Lake Superior and Boundary Waters. Switchboard. Natural Resources Defense Council.30May2014.Web.27.June2014

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Well written article discussing proposed mining sites in MI, WI, and MN. Besides the issues of water contamination, this article deals with the sensitive topics of destruction of sacred tribal lands and invading habitats of endangered species.

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Sled Dogs To Saint Paul: The Race for Clean Water

Sled Dogs To Saint Paul: The Race for Clean Water | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it

film by Kelly Schoenfelder and Patrick Knight

2012.Web.20 June 2014

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A documentary of the 362 mile dogsled run of former MN State Representative Frank Moe to bring petitions opposing sulfide mining to the capitol in St. Paul; contains interviews with mining officials, tribal officials, residents, and business owners concerning the effects of proposed sulfide mining in MN.

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"Sulfate"

Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2013)

1. Literary Reference Center.Web. 20 June 2014

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Contains definitions, properties, location in nature, and uses of the  hard rock mineral, sulfate.

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Acid Mine Drainage Remediation Options: a review

Johnson, D. B. Hallberg, K. Science of the Total Environment.338(2005)3-14.web.10July2014

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Scholarly article from Wales outlining biological and chemical remediation for controlling acid mine drainage.

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Sulfide Mining

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Toxic pollution from new mine proposals threaten our lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and groundwater.

 

www.waterlegacy.org/PolyMet-Sulfide-mine.Web.9July2014

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Information about mining proposals (with maps), mining facts, history of mining outcomes in Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, and South Dakota,and cost to taxpayers.

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Scrutiny of PolyMet proposal turns to cleanup

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of the most contentious issues in the debate over whether Minnesota should allow PolyMet Mining Corp. to build the state's first copper-nickel mine is whether the company can cover cleanup costs after it closes.

 

Karnowski,S.Scrutiny of PolyMet Proposal Turns To Clean-up.Bloomberg Businessweek News.10February2014.Web.9July2014

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MN government officials want guarantee of clean-up costs when mine closes.

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Iron Range sulfide mining can be done without harming wild rice or raising mercury levels

Iron Range sulfide mining can be done without harming wild rice or raising mercury levels | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it
Minnesotans should work together with the mining industry to create a win-win scenario for the entire state.

 

 

 

 

Christiansen, H. Iron Range Sulfide Mining Can Be Done Without Harming Wild Rice Or Raising Mercury Levels.MinnPost.4April2014.Web.9July2014

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Article citing scientific research on the mitigation of mercury and sulfide pollution by the presence of iron in the water and mud. Sulfate is said to bond with the iron to create iron sulfide which is nontoxic to wild rice crops.

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Precious Waters - Minnesota's sulfide mining controversy

Precious Waters - Minnesota's sulfide mining controversy | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it
This short film takes a hard look at the sulfide mining industry's history of failed predictions and toxic pollution and the potential impacts on northeastern Minnesota from proposed mines.

 

Precious Waters.film.Friends of the Boundary Waters org.Web.9July2014

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Educational video with interviews with scientists, citizens, and government officials outlining the pros and cons of hard rock mining procedures.

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Maine Mining Watch

Maine Mining Watch | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it
Maine's clean water is our most valuable asset. Our clean rivers, lakes, and groundwater support our health, our outdoor way of life, and our fishing, guiding, and recreation jobs. In 2012, lawmakers began rewriting Maine's sulfide mining laws. If we’re going to dive into operating new sulfide mines in Maine, we must insist that our water quality will not be sacrificed, and that those who reap the benefits will pay all the clean-up costs.

 

 

Dravin,M. Is Sulfide Mining Worth The Risk? Maine Conservation Alliance.Web.9July2014

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Informative insights on mining threats in the northeast, primarily Maine. Brings forth the idea that mining is a short term enterprise, sometimes with little concern by the owners to what happens to the site when it closes. The article references material on the physical aspects of sulfide mining, with images, and both sides of the economic impacts of sulfide mining.

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Africa's ecosystems imperilled by mining frenzy - The Ecologist

Africa's ecosystems imperilled by mining frenzy - The Ecologist | Sulfide mining | Scoop.it

 

Africa's ecosystems imperilled by mining frenzy
The Ecologist
Mining projects can have both direct and indirect impacts on the environment.

 

Laurance,W. Africa's Ecosystems Imperilled by Mining Frenzy. The Ecologist.24June2014.Web.27June2014

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Globally relevant article stating not only the obvious threats to a fragile environment, but the problems that building new infrastructure causes in any habitat.

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"Bears, Wolves, Eagles And Other Wildlife Threatened By Proposed Sulfide Mines"

Guardians of the Wild: Wildlife Report 7. (2007). 2. Science Reference Center.Web. 20 June 2014

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The contamination of water sources from toxic runoff due to large scale industrial mining  causes adverse effects on wildlife, aquatic life and plants, and humans.

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