"Prove It First" Caucus Resolution

Sulfide Mining District planned for Minnesota's Arrowhead Region

Acid Mine Drainage (AMD)


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Bring a Sulfide Mining Resolution to your 2014 Precinct Caucus

When: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at 7 pm
Precinct caucuses are meetings organized by Minnesota’s political parties to begin shaping the partys’ goals and values, often called the platform and action agenda. Caucuses are held this year on Tuesday Feb. 4 in public locations across Minnesota, are open to the public and participation is encouraged. 
You can find information about the caucuses at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website found HERE and your particular caucus may be found HERE

What: Pass a caucus resolution at your 2014 Precinct Caucus

When: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at 7p.m.

Where: Check with the Minnesota Election Caucus Finder (http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/)


Learn more about sulfide mining at :



Appendix B: Potential Environmental Impacts of Hardrock Mining : Found HERE

EPA's assessment of PolyMet's NorthMet Mine in northeastern Minnesota : Found HERE


Please bring the following sulfide mining resolution to your caucus : Found HERE



Resolution on Sulfide Mining in Minnesota
Please bring to your Caucus


"Prove It First" Caucus Resolution


- The laws of the land established to protect the Superior National Forest, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Lake Superior watershed and the entire State of Minnesota, are being weakened by legislation, ignored by governmental agencies, and bypassed through land exchanges, and;

- The history of sulfide mining is one of  toxic environmental degradation with no evidence that mining for copper, nickel, and other non-ferrous metals in the water-rich environment of northeast Minnesota can be done without harming our water resources, our health, and the ecology of our land, and;

- Exploration and mining, and the separation of land and mineral rights, decreases property values and can result in condemnation or seizure through eminent domain, while mining displaces existing economic development and diminishes the use of the land for other purposes,


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Minnesota enact a "prove-it-first" law similar to Wisconsin's "mining moratorium" law, that requires metallic sulfide mine permit applicants to prove that they can operate safely by citing long-term operation and closure of similar mines, that did not pollute the ground or surface waters with Acid Mine Drainage or heavy metals prior to being issued a permit to mine.



Minnesota "Prove It First" Sulfide Mining Resolution : Found HERE