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Cravaack Hopes To Open Two New Metal Mines

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 6:26 am

Republican Representative Elect Chip Cravaack received a standing ovation while speaking to a dues-paying group of Republican insiders yesterday, and he began laying out one of his biggest plans for the future of Northeastern Minnesota. KARE 11 reports that Cravaack said he will push to open two new precious metals mines in his district as he prepares to take office after unseating 18-term Democratic Rep. Jim Oberstar.

Speaking to Republican donors in Minneapolis, Cravaack also outlined his strategy for staying in office past 2012: frequent appearances in the 8th District and support for the proposed mines near Hoyt Lakes and Ely. The incoming member of Congress said his first meeting after the election was with the CEO of  Polymet Mining Corporation.

Polymet aims to mine deposits of copper, nickel and other precious metals using the former LTV Steel Mining Co. plant near Hoyt Lakes. Another precious metals mine is in the works near Ely under a joint venture between Chilean mining company Antofagasta and Duluth Metals Ltd. Both still need to clear environmental hurdles.

“This is an unbelievable asset that we have, but government has been in the way for us to tap those resources,” Cravaack told the gathering. “That is my No. 1 goal in the 8th District.”

Cravaack is due to head to Washington in January.

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