Statewide: July 26, 2011 Archive
Former BP CEO Tony Hayward has been hired by Glencore to oversee environment and safety, reports MinnPost. Hayward led the British oil company during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.
Glencore International, a Swiss commodities trader, is a strategic partner with PolyMet at the planned hardrock sulfide mine near Hoyt Lakes and Biwabik. "Glencore has options to boost its stake to 24% in PolyMet under current agreements," reports the Wall Street Journal.
The environmental permitting process continues at the site.
MinnPost's Don Shelby, fresh from a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, explains his concerns about Hayward and the PolyMet mine:
PolyMet is just the first of many hardrock mining operations in line to seek permits. PolyMet is outside the BWCA watershed. If there is a pollution problem, it will affect the Embarrass, Partridge and St. Louis Rivers and Lake Superior. The others, if they are permitted to operate and then discharge toxic waste, as nearly every other such mining operation has, the pollution will flow into the pristine boundary waters where I just drank unfiltered lake water. The discharge of toxic waste into the BWCA is not just a pollution problem, it will be, for millions of people, the end of the world. That's not a pollution problem.Related Statewide: Should regulators judge PolyMet on Glencore's record?
Also on MN Today
Feds crack illegal fish net ring in Minnesota (Pioneer Press)
Federal shutdown threatens work on Duluth airport's new terminal (Duluth News Tribune)
Pawlenty struggles to prove himself in Iowa (Los Angeles Times)
Posted at 2:34 PM on July 26, 2011
by Mark Steil
(Photo courtesy of the Worthington Daily Globe)
It might be called the road detour from hell.
Residents of southwest Minnesota are upset about a detour around Highway 60 near Worthington that bypasses a several-mile--stretch of highway under construction.
There's one especially sharp corner on the detour that too many drivers are taking too fast. There have been nearly a dozen accidents so far on that stretch of roads. The milk truck in the photo above went off the corner last week and spilled its load.
Detour haters got more bad news this week. Construction is running behind schedule, and state Department of Transportation officials say they will have to leave the detour in place through the winter.
The Daily Globe reports that a wet spring and the state shutdown have slowed work on the Highway 60 project, which will widen the highway to four lanes.