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PolyMet and Teck Resources Announce Joint Venture

Better in Our Back Yard is excited about the news of PolyMet and Teck Resources’ joint venture, NewRange Copper Nickel LLC. These two Minnesotan projects coming together under a single business entity hold untold potential for responsible nonferrous mining development in Minnesota. Combining two excellent teams creates a powerhouse ready to navigate the permitting process […]

The Time is Now

Better In Our Back Yard adamantly disagrees with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommendation on PolyMet’s Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permit. We believe the CWA Section 404 permit should be reinstated as soon as possible. PolyMet earned its permits by following the process. The company completed a nearly 20 year environmental review, concluding […]

We Stand With Twin Metals

Better In Our Back Yard is extremely disappointed in the Bureau of Land Management’s decision to withdraw Twin Metals’ mineral leases. This action works against the Biden-Harris administration’s renewable energy goals and securing domestic supply chains of critical minerals, while overlooking the fact that we simply cannot build the clean energy infrastructure we need without […]

Big Win for PolyMet Water Permit

Congratulations are in order for PolyMet, as the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled favorably on several key issues pertaining to the company’s water discharge permit. As expected, the court ruled the PCA’s decision to issue permits for the NorthMet project was made lawfully and followed procedure every step of the way. PolyMet’s permits demonstrate compliance […]


Better in Our Back Yard is extremely disappointed in the Biden Administration’s unnecessary demand for another generic 2-year environmental study on the Rainy River watershed. Twin Metals has already spent over a decade studying the surrounding environment and any potential impacts from mining. This directive goes against all efforts to address the climate crisis. The […]


Yesterday was a huge day for responsible industry. Better in Our Back Yard (BIOBY) celebrates the official completion of the Line 3 Replacement Project! After eight years of steadfast work, Enbridge completed a full replacement of the 1,097-mile-long pipeline from Edmonton, AB to Superior, WI.  Replacing the pipeline was an essential step in creating a […]

Strong Industry. Strong Minnesota.

Dear Minnesotans, We’re standing at the starting line of the next generation. Of a better future. Of a revitalized economy that supports both industry and a green economy. But something is blocking the way: those who oppose every industrial project, no matter what, regardless of facts, science, or the needs of all Minnesotans. We have […]


Better In Our Back Yard (BIOBY) applauds Twin Metal Minnesota on becoming the first mining company in Minnesota to adopt battery vehicle technology. Twin Metals announced today it is converting the mine’s vehicle fleets from diesel to electric and strengthening its commitment to the fight against climate change by further minimizing the project’s footprint.  This […]

PolyMet Air Permit Statement

Better in Our Back Yard (BIOBY) is disappointed in the Minnesota Court of Appeal’s decision to send PolyMet’s air permit back. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency awarded the air permit in 2018 after careful review of the facts and science presented in PolyMet’s emissions calculations. Remanding the permit now effectively undermines the MPCA’s decision-making process […]