Emmer mining bill pushes sell-out agenda that favors pollution, foreign mining and private profiteering over conservation and recreation on our public lands

Oct 4, 2017

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota.

photo by Dave Freeman
The Wilderness Society strongly opposes a bill introduced by Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) that would ease the way for sulfide-ore mining in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the nation's most popular wilderness area.

In its recent report “Too Wild to Drill,” The Wilderness Society listed the Boundary Waters as one of the 15 wild areas in the U.S. that are most at risk for drilling, mining and other threats.  The pollution caused by this proposed​ ​sulfide-ore​ ​copper​ ​mining would​ ​cause​ ​irreparable​ ​harm​ ​to the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, one of the original landscapes protected by the 1964 Wilderness Act and the most-visited.

Statement by Drew McConville, Senior Managing Director, The Wilderness Society

“The Emmer bill is part of a sell-out agenda for our public lands that favors pollution, foreign mining interests and private profiteering over conservation and recreation. The Boundary Waters is a prized destination for paddlers, campers and anglers, and the proposed mining would cause catastrophic damage to the area economically as well as environmentally. The bill, H.R. 3905, also guts essential safeguards built into our national conservation laws and would set a destructive precedent. For the sake of the nearby communities and future generations of Americans, this place must be protected from industrial mining. “


The Wilderness Society is the leading conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than one million members and supporters, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect 109 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org.

Contact:  Michael Reinemer, Wilderness Society, 202-429-3949, michael_reinemer@tws.org