February 15, 2022
DNR Statement on Twin Metals Minnesota Project
On January 26, 2022, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the cancellation of two federal mineral leases associated with the proposed Twin Metals project. Given the impacts of this federal action on the project as proposed, the DNR has notified Twin Metals that we have stopped work on the State’s environmental review. The DNR will close the administrative record and redirect staff resources to other high priority projects. The DNR outlined the decision and immediate next steps in a letter today to the company.
January 26, 2022
DNR Statement on U.S. Department of Interior Decision
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has seen today’s announcement that the U.S. Department of the Interior has determined that federal mineral leases for the Twin Metals’ project in Minnesota were improperly renewed in 2019. As a result, DOI has canceled two federal mineral leases associated with the Twin Metals project. Today’s federal action raises significant questions about the feasibility of Twin Metals’ project as proposed. The DNR will need to carefully and comprehensively consider what this development means for the state.
Other agencies involved
- United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM): BLM webpage
- Project-related information from other agencies is not available at this time. If available in the future, links will be provided here. The DNR anticipates coordinating with other state and federal agencies and tribal governments throughout the environmental review process.