In the age of fake news, making up facts is now part of the anti-mining rhetoric (The Ely Echo – July 16, 2017)

The anti-mining crowd must be getting nervous. Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) has put together legislation to help get the PolyMet land exchange with the Forest Service completed soon. And, he’s still pushing for the feds to renew the leases for Twin Metals Minnesota.

In Ely on a barnstorming tour, Nolan accompanied Republican Representatives Gosar, Emmer and Westerman to get a first-hand look at what Twin Metals is proposing for a copper-nickel mine south of Ely.

Back in DC, the four congressmen sent a letter signed by a total of 26 members of Congress to urge the secretaries of the Department of Interior and the Department of Agriculture to rescind the federal land withdrawal proposal and renew Twin Metals’ federal leases.

In response, one of the copycat groups sent a letter urging members not to sign the letter and providing their own so-called “facts” about the mining issue in Ely. A Twin Cities based member of Sportsmen for the Boundary Waters decided to embellish the letter with some far-fetched statements, including:

“Although we need more sustainable jobs in every corner of our state, Northeastern Minnesota is not a particularly economically distressed region (unemployment in St. Louis County and Lake County both fall well under the national average, in part because of jobs supported by the Boundary Waters that cannot be replaced if the area becomes polluted).”

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