Corrupt Democrat Rep. Richard Nolan wants to pollute the Great Lakes and destroy 1,000 acres of wetlands and more than 1,700 acres of critical wildlife habitat in northern Minnesota’s Superior National Forest in order to enrich a foreign mining company.
H.R. 3115, authored by Nolan, would authorize a land exchange between the U.S. Forest Service and PolyMet Mining and pave the way for destruction of high-quality wetlands, cause long-term toxic water pollution in the Great Lakes and eliminate critical habitat for the threatened Canada lynx and gray wolf.
Nolan’s bill is a scheme to get around existing law, which prohibits the open-pit copper mine in the Superior National Forest, and force through the land exchange, which is being challenged in court.
Why should Americans trade their pristine forest that is an essential home to countless species for a massive toxic waste dump?
Polymet's largest stockholder is the vile Glencore, an Anglo–Swiss multinational criminal corporation with headquarters in Baar, Switzerland and an office in the tax haven of Jersey.
Glencore has a horrific environmental, safety and human rights track record and evades taxes. There is no reason to think that it won't engage in business-as-usual, destroy the forest, pollute the Great Lakes and leave American taxpayers to pay for the extensive cleanup. Other than a few jobs, there is simply no advantage to the mine and the costs will vastly outweigh the potential benefit from temporary employment
Glencore was founded by the criminal Marc Rich, who fled the USA in 1983 after being charged with tax evasion, and illegal dealings with Iran during the hostage crisis. He bought a pardon as Bill Clinton was leaving office.
Since it was founded Glencore has grown into a monster international criminal operation. Following are just a few of its crimes:
- Starting in at least 1996, Glencore has paid right-wing paramilitaries in Colombia to evict people from their lands and assault and murder potential opponents. These crimes have been ongoing.
- In 2005, proceeds from an oil sale to Glencore were seized as fraudulent gains as part of an investigation into corruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
- At its Luilu copper refinery in DRC, Glencore poured toxic acid into a river for three years.
- Children as young as 10 have been found working in Glencore mines.
- Also in 2005, ABC Radio reported that Glencore "has been accused of illegal dealings with rogue states: apartheid South Africa, USSR, Iran, and Iraq under Saddam Hussein", and has a "history of busting UN embargoes to profit from corrupt or despotic regimes".
- In 2009, Glencore's huge coal operation in Colombia, Prodeco, was fined a total of nearly $700,000 for several environmental violations.
- In 2011 five non-government organisations filed a complaint to the OECD against a subsidiary of Glencore over allegations that a mine it owns in Zambia were not be paying enough tax on its profits.
- A Reuters article in 2011 reported that "Officials in Zambia believe pollution from Glencore's Mopani mine is causing acid rain and health problems in an area where 5 million people live."
- In April 2012, Glencore appeared in the BBC Panorama investigation Billionaires Behaving Badly faced with charges that its copper refinery at Luilu in Katanga province in Congo was dumping raw acid in a nearby river.
You can reach email Rep. Dick Nolan at MN08RNIMA@mail.house.gov or call his office at 202-225-6211.