The "MOU on the sustainable development of mineral resources"... focuses on "the development of clean mining technology, more direct engagement with indigenous communities, corporate social responsibility, and issues pertaining to broader competitiveness in global markets."
|are clean air and clean water "community values?"|
Photo by J. Harrington
Since Canada and Mexico have already moved ahead to make development of mineral resources in their countries more sustainable, while the current administration in Washington appears to be doing everything possible to minimize environmental protection required of mining activities, it becomes easier to understand the potential attractiveness to foreign owners and investors of proposed projects such as PolyMet's NorthMet and the Twin Metals' mine. Concerns about diminished environmental protections are enhanced when NAFTA outcomes, such as a recent tribunal decision that overturned a Canadian government decision to reject a mining proposal based on the findings of an environmental assessment, are taken into account.
Does Minnesota need to revise its out-dated mining laws to keep from ending up in a position similar to Canada's on the Bilcon project? "Externalities," such as NAFTA, lead us to believe our environmental regulatory and protection system is insufficient for today's business. No amount of financial assurance will be able to restore the effects of a tailings dam failure. Some messes are better prevented than cleaned up.
By Mark Levine
Money changed hands. It’s how we came to beCame to be planted here in the mortarIn the miniature cash forestAster greenwood ficus hemlockTaproot stipe calyx anther in theMortal hereafterHearing hands making money change.
Speak up. I can’t hear you.There’s something wrong with your voice.You’re speaking too fast. Slow up.Speak into the currency.It wants to bone you. It wants to receiveYour warmth in its coffers.Listen up. I’ve a fee to see toA toll-man a drawbridge. Open up.Close up. You have a cross biteIn your crown, palate-ax.Bite down. Bite my ballBearing interest.
I’m a businessman. I own a plant.I bid for it, bought it, soiled it, drowned itTilled it, scolded it, heaved into it, stole from itWept unto itA token in its behalf, suffered a stem
To rise in itTo market, to marketIn my dirty jumpsuitWorthlessness.
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