Minnesota court clears way for minerals leases

Associated Press
Minnesota court clears way for minerals leases

File - In this Oct. 5, 2011, file photo Jane and Steve Koschak, who with other residents oppose mining and prospecting in the area, look out across Birch Lake and the Kawishiwi River toward a distant treeline and the area where Twin Metals Minnesota LLC plans to build a copper-nickel-precious metals mine in Ely, Minn. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, that the state does not need to order environmental reviews when it awards leases for rights to explore for metallic minerals such as copper and nickel. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)

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