By Tiffany Danitz Pache
Posted Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, on dcbureau.org
Some of this nation’s most pristine ancient forests, glacial wetlands and fresh water lakes are under threat from large, multinational mining companies that plan to extract billions of dollars in copper and nickel using methods untested in a water-rich environment. The Great Lakes Basin -- America’s largest supply of surface fresh water -- faces the duel dangers of increasing prices for industrial metals and a failing economy in desperate need of good paying jobs. These economic realities have weakened efforts to protect the region. ... Read the rest of this investigative article, the first in a series, on dcbureau.org.