Better in Our Back Yard is pleased with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision to file a notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Twin Metals’ proposed copper-nickel mine in northeast Minnesota. This is a significant step forward in the federal regulatory process.

The Better in Our Back Yard community of labor members and vendor partners looks forward to supporting Twin Metals through the EIS process. We know projects are done better, here in our own back yard.


Better In Our Back Yard is pleased with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission’s decision to deny the request to reconsider the Certificate of Need and the route permit for the Enbridge #Line3 Project. We are grateful that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and its members are continuing to focus their efforts on advancing the progress of the most studied and reviewed oil pipeline in the state’s history.

Line 3 is an essential project that will secure Minnesota’s economic future bringing essential jobs back to our state when we need it most, especially when the majority of counties along Line 3’s route are facing unemployment rates in excess of 20 percent. Thank you again to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, it’s members and supporters of this much needed investment.

Positive Ruling Regarding Polymet’s NorthMet

Better in Our Back Yard is pleased to learn the Minnesota Supreme Court granted a review of a Minnesota Court of Appeals’ ruling regarding Polymet’s NorthMet Project air permit. It’s the second case the Supreme Court has granted review of the lower court’s ruling on PolyMet permits.

Better in Our Back Yard remains steadfast in our support of the NorthMet Project and the State agencies who conducted the comprehensive environmental and regulatory review. Support of responsible development – especially these types of large-scale projects – will be essential to the economic recovery of our region. We know we can do better, for our communities, region and economy, here – in our own back yard.

Devastating News: Verso Mill to Close in Duluth

The Better in Our Back Yard community is devastated with the news Verso will indefinitely idle the Duluth paper mill this month. Employing over 200 professionals, the mill has been a cornerstone of our regional economy since 1987, providing a market for our naturally renewable resources in the logging industry.

This news comes on the heels of additional idles and closures due to the pandemic. Now more than ever our region could use the economic boost of large-scale projects like PolyMet’s NorthMet project, and Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement project. Managing our natural resources economy responsibly must be part of a solution to mitigate and move through these difficult times.

Minnesotans for Line 3 – Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Decision Statement

The Better In Our Back Yard Board of Directors is extremely disappointed to learn about the MPCA’s decision to move to a contested case process for the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project.

This is another example of a delay that could have been avoided. The Line 3 Replacement project included one of the most comprehensive stakeholder engagement processes the State of Minnesota has witnessed.

Having safe, reliable and efficient access to resources is a foundational element of a healthy economy. This decision delays the replacement of aged infrastructure and comes at a time when Minnesota communities and business owners could benefit from the $2.6 billion private investment.

Our economy will require investments in large-scale industrial projects like Line 3 to help recover from the current recession. There is no region or state that is better suited to hold up the environmental standards important to bringing jobs and investment to our communities. We must do better, Minnesota. We need these projects, and believe they are done better – here in our back yard.

BIOBY Supports The Enbridge News

Better In Our Back Yard is pleased to share that the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has reissued the Certificate of Need and the Route Permit for #Line3. Moving forward with the approved permits for this project will safeguard Minnesota’s economic future while immediately providing essential jobs to our state. To protect our local environment and communities while bringing a much needed investment to the state of Minnesota, Better In Our Back Yard is proud to support this win for our state and industry.

BIOBY Line 3 Statement

“Once again people across Minnesota have come together to participate in this process and show strong support for this important project. Minnesotans know Line 3 has been reviewed like no other project of its kind and passed every test. Not only does it make sense to replace old infrastructure with something better, this project will immediately bring new jobs and spending to help our communities economically recover. We are confident this process is nearing the end and we will soon be able to focus on construction that will be good for Minnesota and even better for the environment.” – Susan Goudge, member of Minnesotans for Line 3.

Last week, Minnesota’s came together to participate in an electronic petition in support of Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Project. Comments submitted by Line 3 supporters to the MPCA focused on the agency’s draft 401 Water Quality Certification and importance of replacing an aging part of Minnesota’s energy infrastructure. The comments will be reviewed by the agency as part of their process to review and approve water quality permit applications submitted by Enbridge.

Better In Our Back Yard supports Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Pipeline Project and the initiative @Minnesotans for Line 3 has taken to promote education and impact this new infrastructure will have on our state’s economy.

Supreme Court Agrees to Review PolyMet Permits

Better In Our Back Yard (BIOBY) is pleased the Minnesota Supreme Court agreed to review the recent Minnesota Court of Appeals’ decision to reverse PolyMet’s Permit to Mine and dam safety permits.

This is excellent news for the future of industrial project development in the state of Minnesota. BIOBY supports responsible mining and industrial development and the state agencies who follow a comprehensive and rigorous process. We look forward to continued progress in advancing PolyMet’s project.

PolyMet Has Minnesota’s Best Interest In Mind

Better In Our Back Yard (BIOBY) is disappointed in today’s announcement from the Minnesota Court of Appeals on PolyMet’s air emissions permit, sending it back to state regulators for further unnecessary review.

BIOBY trusts PolyMet’s 15+ years of careful research, environmental review and planning conducted by PolyMet. The MPCA evaluated and granted PolyMet’s air emissions permit based on the actual size and scope of the proposed project. PolyMet has Minnesota’s best interests in mind and, when open, will create 350+ good-paying jobs for Minnesotan families. BIOBY believes that moving forward with the NorthMet Project is the right decision for Minnesota. 

BIOBY will continue to maintain our support of industrial development in Minnesota and PolyMet’s continual advancement to operation and production.

BIOBY Supports PolyMet’s Decision to Petition

Better In Our Back Yard (BIOBY) supports PolyMet’s decision to petition the Minnesota Supreme Court in the recent Court of Appeals’ decision to remand PolyMet’s Permit to Mine and Dam Safety permits to a contested case.

BIOBY trusts the 15+ years of research, environmental review and planning conducted by PolyMet, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Because these decisions were based on scientific fact and represent PolyMet’s commitment to responsible mining, BIOBY believes that moving forward with the NorthMet Project is the right decision for Minnesota.

BIOBY will continue to maintain our support of industrial development in Minnesota and PolyMet’s continual advancement to operation and production.