In early March 2012, former State Representative Frank Moe completed a week-long, historic 362 mile trek from Grand Marais, Minnesota, a small town on the North Shore of Lake Superior, to the State Capitol in Saint Paul on a dog sled pulled by his team of 10 dogs. At the end of that week, which took him over snowy forest trails, through muddy farm fields and across bustling city intersections, Frank delivered over 13,000 petitions to Governor Mark Dayton from Minnesotans who are opposed to sulfide mining in the Lake Superior watershed and very close to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The purpose of his trip was to inform Minnesotans about the potential hazards of the proposed sulfide mining projects slated for Northeastern Minnesota. The proposed mine in Ely will be what mining officials are calling "one of the three largest mines in the world" just three miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. There is another huge mine proposed outside of Hoyt Lakes, on a tributary of the St. Louis River, which flows directly into Lake Superior.
This documentary project will utilize the video and photographic imagery captured during the 8 day trip, as well as testimonials of people who signed the petition along the way, to tell the story of this extraordinary journey.
Funds raised will be used for film production, reproduction of the final documentary, promotional events and distribution of the film in November, 2012.
Sled Dogs to Saint Paul is a non-profit group operating at the State level. Federal tax deductions will not apply to contributions.
Yes. All the major Minnesota state media carried the story along with AP. Here are some of them. The WCCO broadcast story is a great one.
PRINT: Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/local/142001843.html Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/allheadlines/ci_20131208/frank-moe-finishes-360-mile-dog-sled-trip
Duluth News Tribune: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/224785/
Pierce County Herald (Ellsworth Wi) http://www.piercecountyherald.com/event/article/id/43660/group/News/
BROADCAST: WCCO (Twin Cities): http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/03/06/polymet-opponents-deliver-petitions-by-dog-sled/
KARE (Twin Cities) http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx…
WDIO (Duluth): http://www.wdio.com/article/stories/S2523178.shtml…
WTIP (Grand Marais) http://www.wtip.org/drupal/content/local-musher-frank-moe-arrives-st-paul
Sulfide mining extracts copper, nickel, and other metals from sulfide ores. The environmental risks are much different from Minnesota’s traditional iron ore mining. For example: when rain falls on the waste from iron mining, it makes rust; when rain falls on sulfide ore waste, sulfuric acid is produced.
Sulfuric acid leaches out metals and chemicals from the waste and creates acid mine drainage which:
Contaminates lakes, rivers, and groundwater Harms human health, fish, wildlife, and damages entire ecosystems, and furthermore: There has never been a non polluting sulfide mine in the world The mine proposed for Ely is anticipated to be an 80,000 ton per day mine, making it one of the three largest mines in the world just three miles from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness The mine proposed for the Hoyt Lakes area is on the St. Louis River, a major tributary of Lake Superior
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