Friday, December 03, 2010

From Headwaters: Activist-Turned-Miner touts Orvana Project’s virtues and failures in environmental law

By Gabriel Caplett
Posted Dec. 3, 2010, on Headwaters News

MARQUETTE -- Dave Anderson is the first to point out the possible disconnect between a life’s work protecting the environment and his new position as Orvana Minerals' project coordinator for its planned Copperwood mine, north of Wakefield.

"I was on the Rainbow Warrior Greenpeace vessel when we parked in front of Stone Container and I was on the tracks in Bad River when we stopped eleven billion gallons of acid from coming into the UP, and I was in Crandon for ten years," explained Anderson, referencing some of the more controversial regional environmental battles of the past two decades. "This project that I’m working on now is very different."

Anderson told the roughly twenty attendees of a public forum, held at the Ford Center in Alberta Thursday and hosted by the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition, of his decades-long work as an activist and scientist. Anderson worked with national environmental groups, Native American tribes and local citizen groups to fight controversial mining and paper mill proposals in the region. It was only after years of failing to find enough work as an environmental consultant that he landed the Orvana job. ... Click here to read the rest of this article.

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