Dirty Water and Dead Rice: The Cost of Clean Energy Transition in Minnesota

"Mining the critical minerals needed for electric vehicle batteries could threaten local water supply and Indigenous culture."

"More than 250 years ago, the Ojibwe people, one of the largest Indigenous populations in North America, received a prophecy to migrate westward until they reached the land where food grows on water.

When the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe encountered wild rice in north-central Minnesota, they knew they found their new home. Rice harvesting has been a cornerstone of Ojibwe culture ever since.

Today, mining exploration company Talon Metals, also has its sights set on Minnesota. Some of the world’s richest high-grade nickel and copper deposits are thousands of feet below the state colloquially known as “the land of 10,000 lakes.”

Talon seeks to construct a mine in the rural town of Tamarack, which it says will be integral to building the nation’s domestic supply of materials necessary for a clean energy transition."

Karina Atkins reports for Inside Climate News November 21, 2023.

Source: Inside Climate News, 11/22/2023