LEWIS TOURS IRON ORE MINE, BACKS POLYMET & TWIN METALS

LEWIS TOURS IRON ORE MINE, BACKS POLYMET & TWIN METALS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LEWIS TOURS IRON ORE MINE, BACKS POLYMET & TWIN METALS

U.S. Senate candidate and Congressman Jason Lewis continued his long-standing commitment to the Iron Range this week by touring the state-of-the-art facilities at United Taconite and once again voicing his support for the mining industry in Minnesota. Joining him was Congressman Pete Stauber.

“Visiting the United Taconite Iron Ore mine only furthered my commitment to the mining industry in Northern Minnesota and the families it supports. Their state-of-the-art facilities and practices, balancing economic progress along with sound environmental stewardship, fills me with great pride and appreciation for the work that the men and women of the Minnesota mining industry undertake on a daily basis,” Lewis said.

“The federal government should not go back on its long-standing agreements with Minnesota miners by allowing bureaucrats, liberal politicians and wealthy environmental groups to hijack century-old commitments. Especially so, considering that we are blessed in northeastern Minnesota to have some of the richest mineral deposits of iron ore in the world supplying the critical needs of our nation’s steel industry. Add to this rich mining heritage the strategic metals of copper, nickel and platinum, and Minnesotans could enjoy another $3.7 billion in economic growth along with 8,500 jobs once PolyMet & Twin Metals are fully up and running,” Lewis continued.

“Unfortunately my opponent, Senator Tina Smith, is more interested in placating radical leftists and urban elites in her own party than helping miners on the Range. In fact, she’s doing all she can to postpone, delay or even cancel these projects by advocating action (https://www.americanexperiment.org/2019/10/why-are-amy-klobuchar-and-tina-smith-sponsoring-minnesota-anti-mining-legislation/) that would require more delays by the National Forest Service in approving these projects. This is a slap in the face to a way of life on the Iron Range that I am fighting for,” Lewis concluded.

While in Congress, Lewis was a co-sponsor of the MINER Act (Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act) requiring congressional approval to withdraw national forest lands in Minnesota from current or future mineral leases. He also backed the bipartisan Superior National Forest Land Exchange Act introduced by Congressman Rick Nolan (reintroduced by Rep. Pete Stauber in the 116th Congress) which would expedite the land exchange process underway between PolyMet Mining and the Federal government.

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