Current water quality issues that MN COLA has determined should receive special attention on a long term basis are listed below. MN COLA expresses its opinion on these issues as the need arises in various forms including public comments and resolutions.
➸ Polymet and Twin Metals Sulfide Mining
"Sulfide mining" does not seek to produce sulfur; rather, the sulfide is the inevitable byproduct for extracting other metals such as copper, nickel, and other metals from the sulfide ores in which they are contained. This puts mines like these in a completely different league than the traditional iron ore/ taconite mines that have been operating in the Minnesota Arrowhead (and into Wisconsin and Upper Michigan), where sulfide is not involved.
➸ Enbridge Line 3 Replacement
At a cost of $7.5 billion, Line 3 is the largest project in Enbridge's history, and would be one of the largest crude oil pipelines in the continent, carrying up to 760,000 barrels toxic, Alberta tar sand oil PER DAY. Enbridge calls this project a "replacement" because they already have a Line 3 pipeline in their mainline corridor, which transects Northern Minnesota with 6 pipelines in it. But don't be fooled — this is a new pipeline. The new pipe would be larger (36" instead of 34"), carry nearly twice the volume of oil, and establish an entirely new corridor through Northern Minnesota. That is NOT a replacement. This route is the same one Enbridge had earlier proposed for the "Sandpiper", a 30" pipeline that would carry 375,000 barrels of crude oil per day from the Bakken oil fields of North Dakota across Minnesota, through Hubbard County to Superior Wisconsin. The Sandpiper pipeline proposal was withdrawn by Enbridge in August of 2016. (from Friends of the Headwaters).
MN COLA serves to coordinate the efforts of all lake, river, and watershed associations in Minnesota, related to shoreline preservation and restoration, water quality, prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS), and sustainable uses and development for bodies of water in all counties, which include: Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Beltrami, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hennepin, Houston, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake Of The Wood, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, St. Louis, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Todd, Traverse, Wabasha, Wadena, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, and Yellow Medicine.
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