September 26, 2019
Mayor Pete Buttigieg joins growing list of presidential candidates supporting protection for Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness
Des Moines – Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg joined a growing number of presidential candidates in supporting protection for Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Wilderness from the threat of sulfide-ore copper mining. The Boundary Waters, America’s most popular Wilderness, is currently under attack from Chilean mining conglomerate Antofagasta’s Twin Metals project, a sulfide-ore copper mine proposed right on the Wilderness edge.
In committing to support permanent protection of the Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park from sulfide-ore copper mining in the Rainy River watershed, Buttigieg said:
“I am deeply committed to protecting invaluable public lands and wilderness areas. These resources belong to all Americans, yet the current administration is trying to open up many such areas to potentially harmful projects. My Administration will reverse that and preserve these lands for future generations.”
The Obama Administration had terminated the project after a thorough scientific review determined the mine posed an almost certain risk of “irreparable harm” to the Wilderness, but the Trump Administration revived the project after Antofagasta’s owner, Andronico Luksic, bought a Washington, DC, mansion and rented it to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. The administration has since cancelled environmental reviews and used unlawful legal maneuvers to push the project forward.
“We’re thrilled that Mayor Pete is joining the growing list of presidential candidates pledging Boundary Waters protection,” said Alex Falconer, Boundary Waters Action Fund Director. “Presidential candidates are increasingly recognizing that Boundary Waters Protection is the right thing to do.”
Seventy percent of Minnesota voters do not want sulfide-ore copper mining near the Boundary Waters, including 91 percent of Democrats.
In Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District, where the mine would be located, nearly 80 percent of Democrats are opposed. Overall, 56 percent of Eighth Congressional District voters are opposed, while only 39 percent are in support.
The Action Fund is asking campaigns to make clear statements on this issue so the public can make informed decisions when it comes time to decide whom they will support. To date the Action Fund has nearly 4,000 Iowa supporters and continues to activate supporters in Iowa and other states.