Current Action: Call Your Senators
Two anti-clean water, anti-public lands bills have passed in the U.S. House of Representatives despite bipartisan opposition. We now need to turn our attention to the Senate to make sure companion bills are not introduced or passed.
Call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and tell them you oppose H.R. 3905 and H.R. 3115. Remind them how much the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior mean to Minnesota and the American public. Tell them these bills would threaten two national treasures, establish terrible precedents that inappropriately favor industry and remove fundamental environmental protections afforded to the rest of the country.
Below is a quick summary of the two bills:
H.R. 3905 would reinstate the Twin Metals mineral leases on the edge of the Boundary Waters. These leases were denied by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management due to the environmental risk they pose to the Wilderness. H.R. 3905 would reverse this decision. The bill also would not allow a mineral withdrawal to protect the BWCAW from the risks of sulfide mining pollution unless it is approved by Congress.
H.R. 3115 would lock in a sweetheart deal for PolyMet Mining. PolyMet wants over 6,000 acres of public land exchanged for its proposed open pit sulfide mine. Thousands of acres of irreplaceable wetlands at the headwaters of Lake Superior were valued for exchange at $550 per acre, five times less than what other mining companies have paid for similar land. There are currently four lawsuits pending. If H.R. 3115 passes, PolyMet gets the land it wants at bargain basement prices with no chance for court review.
Questions? Contact Jane Reyer at 612-332-9630.
Contact Your Representatives
Your state and federal representatives want to hear from you! Contact them and let them know why the BWCAW is important to you and what you think about the issues that affect it. View our guide to speaking with legislators for tips on how to draft successful email, phone call, or in person meeting.
To find out who your representatives are, use this online legislative tool.