Loon Commons Blog

Could PolyMet pollute Lake Superior and the BWCA?

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For years, PolyMet has claimed that their proposed sulfide mine could have no impact on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. But an article in the Timberjay reveals that after closure, polluted groundwater from PolyMet could flow into Birch Lake and then into the Boundary Waters. Even more disturbing, the models used by PolyMet to predict that no… Read more »

Governor Dayton meets with MEP member groups

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Written by MEP Communications Intern Hanna Terwilliger MEP’s Annual Members Meeting was a little more crowded than usual this year as we welcomed Governor Mark Dayton to discuss Minnesota’s environmental priorities. More than 100 people representing 43 of Minnesota’s most respected environmental and conservation came to hear the Governor speak and to ask him about… Read more »

Kalamazoo oil spill: How Enbridge wins while the climate loses

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Written by MEP’s Andrew Slade – It’s been five years since an Enbridge pipeline burst open in Marshall, Michigan and spilled nearly a million gallons of tar sands crude oil into the Kalamazoo River, a tributary of Lake Michigan. Normally, history is written by the winners, but in this case, there should have been no winners,… Read more »

Waukesha’s Bid to Divert Great Lakes Water Unnecessary Finds New Analysis

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A new, independent analysis released July 9, 2015 shows that Waukesha, Wisconsin can provide clean drinking water to its residents without diverting water from Lake Michigan. An alternative plan developed by two engineering firms would solve the city’s water problem and cost Waukesha taxpayers tens of millions of dollars less than the current proposal to… Read more »

First test of Great Lakes water compact is on its way to Minnesota

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On June 25, 2015 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) publicly released its draft review of the City of Waukesha’s request to divert water from Lake Michigan. This move could have ramifications for how the states and provinces of the Great Lakes manage the largest surface freshwater resource in the world. The City’s requested… Read more »

Buffers benefit everyone

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By Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s Lindsey Wilson –  Last week I read an article in the Star Tribune entitled “In farm country, tainted water is ‘just the way it is’” (July 4) and feel the urgent need to respond. The headline and content of this piece struck a frustrated chord in me as one of several… Read more »

Buffers: A welcome addition to Minnesota’s landscape

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This month, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/buffers/index.html) will begin steps to implement Governor Mark Dayton’s new landmark buffer initiative, that was signed into law last month. The law will designate an estimated 110,000 acres of land statewide for vegetative buffer zones that will grow perennial vegetation up to 50 feet along rivers, streams,… Read more »

News Watch: Jul. 6

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Today’s Topics: Agriculture & Food; Air Quality; Climate Change; Energy; Mining; Oil & Pipelines; Sustainability; Transportation; Water; Wildlife;  Agriculture & Food Associated Press: Federal government to step up bird flu monitoring this fall (In MPR)  Pioneer Press: Wild rice restoration underway on St. Louis River near Duluth    Air Quality Associated Press: Canadian wildlifes causing… Read more »

The State of Community Solar in Minnesota

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It’s a big week for the future of solar in Minnesota. Will we get “solar for all” or will we get something less?   In 2013, Minnesota passed two laws to take advantage of the rapidly declining costs of solar electricity: A solar energy standard, requiring that the state’s investor-owned utilities generate 1.5 percent of their electricity… Read more »

No more tar sands? Easy as 1-2-3

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“ONE: We are the people.” “TWO: We are un-i-ted.” “THREE: We will not let you build this pipeline.” Of all the chants that rang through the streets of downtown St. Paul during Saturday’s Tar Sands Resistance March, that’s the only one still ringing through my head. It was a beautiful day for a march. Five… Read more »