Federal government reinstates expired Twin Metals mineral leases

The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness is disappointed by yesterday’s decision by the Department of Interior to reinstate the expired mineral leases of Chilean-owned Twin Metals. The move opens the door for sulfide mining on public land at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

“For more than 40 years we have stayed true to our mission to protect, preserve and restore the wilderness character of the Boundary Waters,” says Chris Knopf, executive director of the Friends. “Reinstating Twin Metals’ mineral leases threatens the outdoor economy of northeastern Minnesota and jeopardizes the opportunity for future generations to paddle, hike, fish, hunt and camp in this remarkable landscape.”

Knopf also stated that the Friends will fight the federal government’s action in court.

With more than 200,000 visitors annually, the BWCAW is the most-visited wilderness area in the country. Founded in 1976, Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness has more than 3,000 members in Minnesota and across the country.