Former Minnesota State Representative Frank Moe was a modern day John Beargrease when he delivered signatures to Governor Dayton explaining the dangers of sulfide mining.
Debate is currently underway to allow sulfide mining to occur on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Frank Moe collected thousands of signatures opposing the plan. He set off on an eight day journey from Northern Minnesota to the State Capitol in Saint Paul to personally deliver them to Governor Mark Dayton-and he did it by sled dog!
Environmental groups like Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Environmental Partnership are contesting the argument that mining will create jobs in a down economy.
Says, Steve Morse, Executive Director of Minnesota Environmental Partnership, ” We’ve had repeated attempts that say, ‘How can we weaken our environmental protections.’ As Minnesotans, we value the great outdoors and this new type of mining poses a threat to our waters and the environment.”
Also in attendance was Robert DesJarlait who founded the group Protect our Manoomin (Wild Rice). Wild Rice will also be threatened by this new type of mining, claims Des Jarlait.
Music provided by legendary singer Larry Long and Ringing Shield Drum Circle.