November 9, 2023
Twin Metals plan for exploratory drilling in northern Minnesota approved by DNR
Franconia's now-approved proposal includes utilizing diamond drilling exploratory borings at six drill sites within their leased boundary -- half of which will be located within the drainage of Birch Lake and the other half along the shoreline of Birch Lake in the Rainy River-Headwaters watershed, according to the exploration plan.

November 8, 2023
Twin Metals Minnesota appeals dismissal of Federal Lawsuit
Ely, Minn., - Twin Metals Minnesota filed a notice of appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit following September’s dismissal of its lawsuit by a

November 3, 2023
Twin Metals continues to fight for mineral leases, files appeal on Friday
Twin Metals continues to take legal action to defend its long held mineral leases. The company has filed an appeal following a judge's decision to dismiss their federal lawsuit.

November 1, 2023
DNR approves plan for Twin Metals to drill near the BWCA | WTIP
It’s a step in the process. That being the case, action taken this week by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources that will allow a mining company to perform exploratory drilling in the watershed of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness stirred up a variety of emotions. There was contentment from that of the mining...

November 1, 2023
PolyMet shareholders OK Glencore takeover
Pending final approvals, the Swiss mining giant will buy all remaining shares in the company, which hopes to open the state's first copper-nickel mine, and take it private.

October 31, 2023
Minnesota DNR OKs Twin Metals exploratory drilling near Boundary Waters | MinnPost
With its plan to explore on non-federal land, Twin Metals has made an end run of a 20-year federal moratorium that dashed its efforts to mine in the Superior National Forest.

October 25, 2023
Environmental group pushes back on Twin Metals-owned mining company's exploratory plan near BWCA
The land in Franconia's exploration plan includes Birch Lake in the Superior National Forest, which drains into the Kawishiwi River and connects with the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) less than 30 miles away.

October 25, 2023
Proposed sulfide mining in north central Minnesota puts too much at risk - Minnesota Reformer
Do not buy false climate solutions that pit clean energy against clean water, Native against non-native, and rural against urban interests. Your drinking water — and our beloved northland — depend on it.

October 11, 2023
Twin Metals makes moves at Birch Lake - The Timberjay
REGIONAL— With its federal mineral leases canceled and a 20-year moratorium on new mineral leasing now in place over a large portion of the Superior National Forest, Twin Metals is looking to …

September 12, 2023
Defense Department awards $20.6 million to support nickel prospecting in Minnesota and Michigan
The Department of Defense has awarded $20.6 million to developers of the proposed Talon nickel mine in Minnesota under a program to strengthen domestic supply chains for critical minerals.

September 6, 2023
Judge throws out Twin Metals leases lawsuit
Late Wednesday a U.S. District Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit that Twin Metals filed last year to try revive its stalled attempt to develop a proposed copper-nickel mine on the doorstep of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

August 2, 2023
Minnesota Supreme Court deals another setback to proposed NorthMet mine
The Minnesota Supreme Court has dealt another blow to the proposed NorthMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, sending a key water quality permit back to state regulators for additional work.

August 2, 2023
MPCA was 'arbitrary and capricious' in granting PolyMet permit, Supreme Court rules - Minnesota Reformer
The Minnesota Supreme Court dealt a serious setback to the long-planned PolyMet project to mine copper from a Hoyt Lakes deposit near the old LTV Steel plant, which would be used to process the ore.  The ruling directs the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to reopen the permitting process and “remedy the procedural irregularities and resulting […]

June 21, 2023
DNR receives mining proposal from Talon Metals : Jun 21, 2023 | News release
Agency launches website with project information.

June 21, 2023
Proposed Minnesota nickel mine begins environmental review, would supply Tesla if approved
Talon Metals Corp. has filed papers with Minnesota regulators to launch the environmental review process for its proposed underground nickel mine that would supply nickel to Tesla for electric car batteries.

June 21, 2023
What to know about the Talon Metals plan to mine metals for EVs in Minnesota | MinnPost
Talon's plan is a milestone for the compan's Tamarack Nickel Project. It’s also a new chapter in a long and thorny debate between those who fear possible water pollution and those eyeing job creation.

June 16, 2023
U.S. Army Corps' PolyMet decision presents an opportunity on climate - Minnesota Reformer
For years, advocates for copper-nickel mining have simultaneously pushed for coal-fired electricity.

June 6, 2023
U.S. Army Corps revokes permit for NorthMet Mine, previously known as Polymet
This comes a few months after PolyMet and Teck American, Inc. partnered to become NewRange.

June 6, 2023
Army Corps revokes NorthMet wetlands permit - The Timberjay
REGIONAL— The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has dealt a major blow to the prospects for the NorthMet copper-nickel venture proposed by NewRange Copper, formerly known as PolyMet Mining. On …

June 6, 2023
U.S. Army Corps revokes key NorthMet copper nickel mining permit
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has revoked a key permit for the proposed NorthMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, formerly known as the PolyMet project, dealing a serious blow to the controversial project.

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