List of mining documents inspected at Minnesota DNR

January 30, 2014

In November of 2013, PRM made public record requests from six state and federal agencies relating to ongoing or proposed mining operations in northern Minnesota, including the proposed “NorthMet” copper-sulfide mine. Our requests sought correspondence between various regulatory agencies and the mining companies that they oversee.

Document production begins
Within recent weeks, we have started to receive records responsive to our requests. First, the Minnesota pollution control agency produced several hundred pages of records, followed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Most recently, we were able to inspect a large volume of correspondence held by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. We have requested copies of the most relevant data, and expect to receive them soon.

PRM is currently undertaking the long, involved process of cataloging and reviewing the documents it has received, in preparation for on-line posting.

Record lists to be published
Due to extensive public interest in northern Minnesota mining operations, we are taking several steps to make our collections available to the public prior to their appearance on our site. First, we will be publishing lists of all of the documents that we currently possess, or that we have inspected and are scheduled to receive. In the event that members of the public, the press, or the policy community wish to inspect any of these documents prior to their appearance on-line, PRM can be contacted at info@publicrecordmedia.com. PRM will make the documents available to any party that wishes to review them.

Interim record availability
Secondly, PRM is working to make its documents available in some interim electronic form until such time as it can post the records in an organized fashion on its site. We will have additional information on this soon.

DNR document list
Below is the list of documents that PRM has inspected at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The documents encompass several projects, including the proposed NorthMet mine and a Twin Metals exploration project. Documents are grouped according to the folder or file they were inspected in:

PAPER FILES
FOLDER: “Twin Metals – Hydro Geology Test”
Description: Printed e-mails, starting with e-mail from Andrew Gibbons to Matt Oberhelman.
Date: Date on “top sheet” e-mail is May 20, 2013.

Description: Printed e-mails, starting with e-mail from Andrew Gibbons to Matt Oberhelman.
Date: Date on “top sheet” e-mail is April 7, 2013.

Description: Printed e-mails, starting with e-mail from Andrew Gibbons to Matt Oberhelman.
Date: Date on “top sheet” e-mail is Nov 20, 2012.

Description: Printed e-mails, starting with e-mail from Kathy Lewis to Betsy Daub.
Date: Date on “top sheet” e-mail is Nov 1, 2013.

Description: Letter from MN DNR to Anne Williamson
Date: May 22, 2013.

Description: Printed e-mails, starting with e-mail from Gregory Fontaine to Matt Oberhelman.
Date: Date on “top sheet” e-mail is Sept. 9, 2013.

Description: Letter from Twin Metals to Matt Oberhelman
Date: July 17, 2013.

Description: 1 page, labeled “Table 1: Hydrologic well locations”

Description: 1 page, labeled “Table 1: Hydrologic well locations”

Description: 1 page map, labeled “Twin Metals Minnesota (7/19/13)”
Date: July 19, 2013

Description: Printed e-mail from Susan Damon to Kathy Lewis

Description: Printed e-mail from Jess Richards to Kathy Lewis
Date: October 29, 2013

Description: Correspondence from MN DNR to Twin Metals
Date: August 30, 2013.

Description: Correspondence from Ben Lagerquist to Kathy Lewis
Date: October 30, 2013.

Description: Printed e-mail from Kathy Lewis to Bob Meier, Barb Naramoew
Date: “10/30″

FOLDER: “Twin Metals – Surface Leases”
Description: Printed e-mail from Dennis Martin to Peter Clevenstine
Date: Date on “top sheet” e-mail is October 31, 2013.

Description: Printed e-mail from Kathy Lewis to Joe Pokala
Date: Date on “top sheet” e-mail is October 28, 2013.

Description: Letter from Kathy Lewis to Kevin Boerst
Date: September 24, 2013

Description: Printed e-mail from Dennis Martin to Kathy Lewis
Date: September 24, 2013

escription: Printed e-mail from Twin Metals to Matt Oberhelman
Date: Date on “top sheet” e-mail September 19, 2013.

Description: Letter from MN DNR to Kevin Boerst
Date: September 24, 2013

Description: Letter from MN DNR to Anne Williamson
Date: September 24, 2013

Description: Letter from Kathy Lewis to Dennis Martin
Date: September 16, 2013

Description: Bundle of two folded sheets labeled “Resource Comments”

Description: Bundle of eleven folded sheets labeled “Resource Comments”

FOLDER: “Twin Metals – Tailings Lease”
Description: Stapled packet of material referencing “Lease Number 144-012-0817″

Description: Printed e-mail from Debra Filipovich to Michael Lilegren
Date: August 5, 2013

STACK OF PAGES BOUND BY PAPER CLIP
Description: Correspondence between Phillip Larson and John Engessen
Date: October 8, 2012

PACKET BOUND BY METAL CLASP
Description: File labeled “Regional Geological Reconnaissance Authorization (and attached exhibits)”
Description: Three pages stapled packet of correspondence between Kevin Boerst and Matt Oberhelmen
Date: September 19, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Mark Hall and Kathy Lewis; notation reads “Application for nonferrous mineral lease, Lake County”
Date: February 25, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Mark Hall and Kathy Lewis
Date: August 16, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Mark Hall and Kathy Lewis
Date: July 26, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Mark Hall and Kathy Lewis
Date: August 16, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Vicki Steller and Mark Hall
Date: December 3, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Mark Hall and Kathy Lewis
Date: July 16, 2013

FOLDER: “Duluth Metals negotiated lease requests labeled 2011″
Description: Printed e-mails between Kathy Lewis and Theresa Bodon related to “Clarification of MN mineral bed ownership”
Description: Printed e-mails between Kathy Lewis and Mark Hall related to “Application for negotiated non-ferrous metallic mineral leases”
Date: Cover page dated February 9, 2011

Description: Twin Metals news release labeled “Duluth Metals Announces” …
Date: June 13, 2012

Description: Printed e-mails between Mark Hall and Kathy Lewis related to “Application for non-ferrous mineral lease, Lake County”
Date: Cover page dated February 25, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Kathy Lewis and Mark Hall related to “Application for non-ferrous mineral leases”
Date: Cover page dated February 9, 2011

FOLDER: “DMC Negotiated Lease Request – T.59, R.12, T.69, R.12, St. Louis County”

Description: One sheet of correspondence between Vicki Sellner and Mark Hall related to “Request for registered non-ferrous metallic mineral leases in St. Louis County”
Date: August 20, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Mark Hall and Kathy Lewis related to “Application for negotiated non-ferrous lease T59 and T60, R12″
Date: August 16, 2013

Description: One sheet of correspondence between Vicki Sellner and Mark Hall related to “Request for negotiated non-ferrous metallic mineral leases in St. Louis County”
Date: July 18, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Mark Hall and Kathy Lewis
Date: July 16, 2013

FOLDER: “Encampment Minerals – negotiated lease requests”

Description: One page, printed e-mail from Harry Noyes to Kathy Lewis related to “Encampment negotiated lease requirement”
Date: December 2, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Vicki Sellner and Theodore DeMatties regarding “Request for negotiated leases in St. Louis County”
Date: November 19, 2013

Description: One page map labeled “Encampment negotiated lease request”
Date: December 2, 2013

Description: Single page of correspondence between Susan Damon and Theodore DeMatties
Date: December 6, 2013

Description: Correspondence between Ted DeMatties and Kathy Lewis regarding “Negotiated Lease Request”
Date: December 3, 2012

FOLDER: “Encampment Right of Way”
Description: Correspondence between Kathy Lewis and Harold Noyes
Date: August 29, 2012

Description: Correspondence between Harold Noyes and Kathy Lewis, with “Encampment Minerals, Inc.” listed on the top page
Date: August 10, 2012

Description: Hand-written notes
Date: “7/17/12″

Description: E-mail from Dennis Martin to Kathy Lewis related to “Serpentine Deposit lease work”
Date: August 28, 2012

Description: E-mail from John Engesser to Kathy Lewis related to “Encampment and Northshore leases”
Date: November 1, 2011

Description: E-mail from John Engesser to Kathy Lewis related to “Encampment and Northshore leases”
Date: October 24, 2011

Description: E-mail from Kathy Lewis regarding “Encampment access to serpentine deposit”

Description: Single sheet e-mail from Dennis Martin to Kathy Lewis regarding “Encampment owes DNR the two sample results – follow-up from yesterday’s meeting”
Date: July 18, 2012

HARD-BOUND BINDER LABELED “Executive council meeting Oct 25, 2013

HARD-BOUND BINDER LABELED “Executive council meeting December 6, 2012

FOLDER: “Executive council follow-up”
Description: E-mail from Kathy Lewis to M. Hines regarding drill holes and charts
Date: December 16, 2013

Description: E-mail from Kathy Lewis to DNR_LAM_ALL, et al regarding “Executive Council Land Exchange”
Date: December 11, 2013

Description: “Executive Council 12.11.13 agenda and draft minutes
Date: December 11, 2013

Description: Letter from Comm. Landwehr to Comm. Cronk
Date: November 25, 2013

Description: Series of e-mails from Kathy Lewis to Dennis Martin, including drilling data
Date: October 29, 2013

Description: E-mails from Kathy Lewis to Peter Clevanstine
Date: December 4, 2013

Description: E-mails from Kathy Lewis to Chathl@aol.com et al regarding “Exploration plans on DNR web page”
Date: December 9, 2013

Description: E-mails from Kathy Lewis to E. Best regarding “Exploration plans on DNR web page”
Date: December 9, 2013

Description: E-mails from Peter Clevanstine to J. Richards et al regarding “Mining taxes and Royalty”
Date: November 22, 2013

Description: E-mails from J. Richards to Peter Clevanstine et al regarding “Mineral leases – notices”
Date: November 18, 2013

Description: Document containing revised draft of Comm. Landwehr response “to Paula”

Description: Redline minutes of 10/25 Executive Council meeting
Date: November 16, 2013

Description: Letter from Duluth Metals to Governor Dayton
Date: November 1, 2013

Description: Statement of Lt. Governor Solon
Date: December 25, 2013

Description: E-mail from Comm. Landwehr to J. Richards regarding talking points on Executive Council meeting
Date: October 25, 2013

Description: Document labeled “Improving the mineral lease sale …”
Date: October 25, 2013

FOLDER: “2012 Metallic Mineral Lease Sale …”
Description: E-mails between Kathy Lewis and Dennis Martin regarding “mineral lease on Henkels property”
Date: November 8, 2013

Description: Document labeled “2012 leases ‘Talking Points Request for approved 31 state metallic mineral leases”

Description: Document labeled “Recommendations for land use screening criteria for public metallic minerals lease sales post 2013″
Date: September 10, 2013

Description: E-mails between J. Welborn and G. Jhuhek regarding “Western Mining Services”
Date: December 2, 2013

Description: DM Venn Baker letter to Gov. Dayton
Date: October 25, 2013

Description: A. Anderson petition
Date: October 22, 2013

Description: Kathy Lewis e-mail to M. Hines regarding “Metallic mineral lease sale”
Date: October 18, 2013

Description: Pat and Dan Hurang letter to MN Executive Council
Date: October 16, 2013

Description: J. Flaten petition to Executive Council
Date: October 12, 2013

Description: Kathy Lewis letter to Northshore mining company
Date: October 10, 2013

DIGITAL FILES

FOLDER: “Metallic minerals lease sale”
Title: “SD TRANMGR”
Date: 1/16/14

Title: “Twin Metals – All Files”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “IRE ESSAR Update”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “IREe ESSAR Update”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “20130410131305140″
Date: 4/10/13

Title: “allpages_exploration_drilling_maps”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “dimension stone lease sale2013 3.pdf”
Date: 04/24/13

Title: “ESSAR one pager 032913″
Date: 04/04/13

Title: “ESSARE Update”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “FW Canisteo – Magnetation Scenarios”
Date: 01/14/14

Title: “FW Environmental Screens (T56-R25-S …)”
Date: 01/14/14

Title: “FW Draft letter_Intent to terminate lease”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “Rainy River Resources Completes Feasibility Study …”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “Hill Annex Mine PA Consultation letter”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “Hill Annex Mine PA Consultation Letter w/ Pete comments”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “Iron Ore Leases for March 6 Exec Council …”
Date: 01/14/14

Title: “Minntac EAW negative declaration”
Date: 04/08/13

Title: “Lease map section 36 Coleraine.pdf”
Date:

Title: “Magnetation license request”
Date: 01/14/14

Title: “Minntac press release”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “Minntac press release”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “RE Canistero Pit”
Date: 01/14/14

Title: “Iron Ore Leases for March 6 Executive …”
Date: 01/1414

Title: “Iron Ore Leases for March 6 Executive …”
Date: 01/1414

Title: “RE Canistero Mine Pit”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “RE: DRI work group meeting Doodle”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “RE: ESSAR update”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “Geotechnical – Polymet tailings basin”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “RE: Hill annex mine PA consultation letter”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “RE: Magnetation permits”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “RE: Magnetation Plummer East Basin”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “Minntac press release”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “RE: Minntac release”
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “TMM Prelim Screening Apr 8 2013″
Date: 01/09/14

Title: “ENGESSER”
Date: 01/16/14

Title: “Comments to USFS for TMM Sup Scoping”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “FW Long Term Active Treatment”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “FW TMM environmental plans for existing …”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “Fwd Proposed NE MN precious metals …”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “LTA Treatment Statement (3)”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “LTA Treatment Statement”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “Permitting meeting”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “Points on PolyMet permitting status …”
Date” 01/15/14

Title: “Polymet mining news release”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “Questions on PolyMet draft EIS”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “RE Co-lead agencies concurrence …”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “RE FW TMM environmental plans for …”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “RE FW TMM environmental plans for …”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “RE FW TMM environmental plans for …”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “Polymet video”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “RE TMM environmental review”
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “TMM Meeting – June 10″
Date: 01/15/14

Title: “TMM Project – state and federal agency …”
Date: 01/15/14