Mining copper and nickel present more challenges to the economic and natural
environment than mining iron ore or taconite. Because of the increase in price of these so
called precious metals, recent focus for sulfide mining is on the Lake Superior Region.
The positive and negative aspects of sulfide mining are examined using interviews and
meetings with mining administrators, environmental (non governmental organizations)
employees, and citizen activists; visits to drilling sites; and a review of the literature.
Sharing information with other individuals and groups may strengthen grassroots
alliances that could deter multiple mining companies and government entities in their
efforts to promote mining near the water rich environments of the Boundary Waters
Canoe Area and Lake Superior Region.