Hundreds fanned out across the State Capitol for Wednesday’s “Water Action Day” as officially proclaimed by Governor Mark Dayton. The governor told an afternoon rally in the Rotunda that special interests want to take away environmental protections and roll back or delay buffer laws. He says some want to “put… polluters in charge of what’s gonna happen here to Minnesota — our waters, our air, our Earth — and that’s why all of you being here is what’s so important.”
John Doberstein with “Duluth for Clean Water” says he lives downstream from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine and “we see that as an enormous threat. This type of mining’s never been done safely anywhere it’s operated. It’s the number-one SuperFund cause in this country.” Backers of the project say new technology will prevent environmental accidents, but backers say it’s unproven. “As it stands right now, we would be a guinea pig for a type of mining that is just not safe and too risky,” Doberstein says.
On Water Action Day, Governor Dayton also announced ten town hall meetings on water quality will be held across Minnesota beginning in late July (Rochester, Marshall, Mankato, Crookston, St. Cloud, Ely, Bemidji, Minneapolis, Burnsville and Maplewood).
Here’s the interview with Doberstein: