Minnesota DNR Rejects Petition For Mining Review
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has denied a petition seeking an environmental review before the state awards its next round of mining leases.
The Associated Press reports that a group of northeastern Minnesota residents petitioned for an environmental assessment worksheet in September, saying the potential for new nonferrous metals prospecting could have a significant impact on sensitive natural resources and property values.
Three companies submitted bids for the leases, which cover about 9,500 acres.
In an order earlier this month, the DNR denied the petition but said it will reconsider whether environmental reviews are needed if prospectors submit plans for actual exploration on the parcels.
The DNR will present its recommendations on the leases to the State Executive Council on Dec. 6.