There are those who would like to profit from mining adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Doing so puts one of the worlds premiere wilderness areas and an extensive watershed at risk for contamination from toxic runoff. For those who have visited the area, the resort owners and outfitters, it would be a terrible catastrophe. Not to mention the millions lost in tourism. If the corporation really believes their methods are safe, I suggest that it be required that every investor and politician who supports the mine must sign a document that entitles the government to take everything they own to pay for any damage to the environment if their “safe mining” fails. If they want it, they have to be responsible for it out of their own pockets, not the taxpayer’s.
Recently I had the opportunity to spend several days in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Although I have been there many times, this trip has to rank as having had the best weather I’ve ever experienced on a canoe trip. Temps were in the mid-seventies, winds were light or nonexistent, it only rained once for just a brief but intense shower and the lakes were often like a mirror. Come along as I revisit the route in a series of blog posts and dream of being there in person.