Tell Interior Secretary Zinke and Interim Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by not renewing the Twin Metals mining leases!
On the Friday before Christmas, the Trump Administration released a new legal opinion that may allow the renewal of two mining leases adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness so a company owned by a Chilean billionaire can construct a copper and nickel mine in the watershed of the Boundary Waters Wilderness.
The Chilean billionaire, Andrónico Luksic, also happens to be renting a mansion to President Trump’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The legal opinion from Trump’s Interior Department doesn’t immediately green-light the toxic sulfide mine within the Boundary Waters Wilderness watershed, so please take action to stop one of the most toxic forms of mining, which has caused environmental and financial problems all over the world!
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is America's most popular and water-rich Wilderness. Its 1.1 million acres contain more than 1,000 pristine lakes and 1,200 miles of rivers and streams. The lakes, rivers, and streams of the Boundary Waters watershed are among the cleanest waters in North America, and are especially sensitive to acids and heavy-metals found in copper mine pollution.
You may recall that these expired mining leases were previously not renewed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management due to the extreme environmental risk they pose to the Boundary Waters Wilderness. In fact, the Forest Service received over 125,000 comments opposes these mining leases, including 10,195 comments from Wilderness Watch members and supporters, and almost no comments in support of leasing.
Under the mineral leasing laws, the Department of Interior (DOI) issues mineral leases on all federal lands. However, the Forest Service has veto power over any leases issued on the national forests. Therefore, both the Forest Service and DOI must approve any decision to lease the lands next to the Boundary Waters.
Priceless and irreplaceable, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness must not be put at risk of perpetual water pollution from the most toxic industry in America!
TAKE ACTION: Tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Interim Forest Service Chief Victoria Christiansen to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness watershed from toxic sulfide mining!
Tell Interior Secretary Zinke and the U.S. Forest Service Chief Tooke to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by not renewing the Twin Metals mining leases!
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