I acknowledge that I rely on copper in my electronics and vehicles. However, there are 20 existing copper mines in the United States and all occur in the arid west. None of the existing copper mines is found in a water-rich environment like northeastern Minnesota. The EPA has identified hardrock mining as the nation’s top toxic producing industry. It concluded that since 1997 this industry accounted for 41 percent of all toxics reported in 2010, or 1.6 billion pounds. Viewing sulfide mining in context When considering the potential impacts of sulfide mining on the environment, particularly on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA), policymakers, managers and the public need to view such mining in the context of other ongoing impacts to our state’s wild and natural places. Wetland drainage, loss of grasslands (CRP), and deforestation continue unabated in western Minnesota; frack sand mining, deforestation and forest insects and disease threaten the state’s … [Read more...] about Twin Metals’ potential impacts: They’re not just on water quality
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DES MOINES—The man knows how to make an entrance. During his opening swing through Iowa after declaring his candidacy for president, at his very first campaign stop inside a bustling brew pub here south of downtown, John Hickenlooper arrives to find a crowd of more than 100 voters buzzing about the latest applicant to join the strangest job-interviewing process on Earth. Bending his lanky, 6-foot, 1-inch frame to fit through the crowded doorway of the events room, all eyes on the White House hopeful, the celestial nature of his moment shatters with the pint glass meeting the concrete floor just a few feet away.Story Continued Below It spawns something of a Zapruder film debate: Some attendees say they saw Hickenlooper fumble the glass, others insist he bumped into the man who dropped it, while the candidate himself swears he had nothing to with the accident. Whatever the real explanation, it’s less compelling than what happens next. Hickenlooper instinctively kneels and … [Read more...] about John Hickenlooper Is Running for President As Himself. Uh-oh.
The tourism department of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong has ordered the management of the Bidoup - Nui Ba National Park to stop selling tickets to visitors to the ‘Lonely Pine Tree,’ a new attraction of the provincial capital city of Da Lat. The park management insisted that the tree, which stands within its boundaries, is the venue’s property so they had the right to charge admission fees for the attraction, one of the most popular newly-emerged must-visit places in Da Lat. But the Lam Dong tourism department ruled that the admission charging was implemented without its approval, thus requesting the Bidoup - Nui Ba National Park and its partner, LAAN Company, to immediately stop the fee collection on Friday. The department underlined that it has no plans to sell tickets to the ‘Cay Thong Co Don’ (Lonely Pine Tree), which is located approximately 18.5 kilometers northwest of the city’s downtown area. The ‘Lonely Pine Tree’ … [Read more...] about Business Management stops charging admission for Da Lat’s ‘Lonely Pine Tree’ in wake of tourist complaints Vietnamese carriers VietJet, Bamboo unveil Boeing deals worth $15 billion
1 of 12 View 12 Items Steve Griffin, Deseret News Snow begins to pile up as Deer Valley starts making snow in Park City on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Related Links Utah ski season among the best on record despite slow start Unusual Utah ski season could lead to higher lift ticket prices SALT LAKE CITY — From slopes to lifts to roads, officials at many of Utah's ski resorts are banking on improvements and additions to make this winter one of the state's best. And with cooler temperatures earlier this fall, some snow has already fallen at the higher elevations in the mountains and a few resorts have begun their snowmaking efforts to help the process along. Brian Head in southern Utah is hoping to be the first to welcome skiers and snowboarders on Nov. 16, according to the Ski Utah website. Brighton, Park City and Snowbasin are targeting Nov. 21 for opening day. Steve Griffin, Deseret News Snow begins to pile up as Deer Valley starts … [Read more...] about Utah ski resorts ramping up for 2018-19 season by making snow