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Mining on the edge of the Boundary Waters

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1 The Kawishiwi River near Ely, Minn. 
2 The Kawishiwi River near Ely, Minn. 
3 Jason Zabokrtsky of Boundary Waters Guide Service talks about the next few portages and paddles during a trip along the Kawishiwi River near Ely, Minn. 
4 Jason Zabokrtsky (left) of the Boundary Waters Guide Service and Greg Seitz of the Friends of the Boundary Waters reach the site of another portage during a canoe trip along the Kawishiwi River near Ely, Minn. 
5 Greg Seitz gathers items for a portage along the Kawishiwi River near Ely, Minn. Seitz works for the organization Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness, which advocates for preservation and protection of the BWCAW. 
6 Trucks and a drill rig drill into the ground near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Thursday morning near Ely, Minn. The trucks were doing exploratory drilling for Duluth Metals. 
7 Steve Koschak, owner of River Pointe Resort, walks away from a Duluth Metals exploratory drill site that was about a mile from his resort Thursday morning near Ely, Minn. Koschak is concerned about the prospects of massive drilling operations near his resort and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and what impact it could have on the environment. 
8 This is what a typical Duluth Metals exploratory drill site looks like shortly after drilling is completed. There are dozens of such sites along Highway 1 near Ely, Minn. 
9 Well caps at a Duluth Metals exploratory drill site dot the ground Saturday morning near Ely, Minn. 
10 David Oliver, Duluth Metals Project Manager, responds to a question about whether the geology of the Duluth Complex is vulnerable to contamination from drilling entering the groundwater and polluting the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Thursday afternoon in Ely, Minn. 
11 A sample of core taken from a Duluth Metals exploratory drill site. 
12 A slurry drains into a holding pond amid power lines Saturday morning at a Duluth Metals exploratory drill site near the River Pointe Resort and Ely, Minn. 
13 Well caps at a completed Duluth Metals exploratory drill site stick out of the ground shortly after drilling operations ceased at the site near Ely, Minn. 
14 Opponents of mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness believe such activities could harm the landscape, wildlife and biology of areas in and around the BWCAW for years to come if it is allowed to go forward. Here, a beaver dam along the Kawishiwi River near Ely, Minn. 
15 Tyler Fish, Youth Program Coordinator at Outward Bound near Ely, Minn. says he can hear drilling from Duluth Metals exploratory drill sites many nights. 
16 All along Highway 1 near Ely, Minn. are gravel roads that lead into the forest and many have wooden signs with markers saying such things is "DM 110," which is a sign indicating an exploratory drill site for Duluth Metals. There are dozens of such roads around Ely and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.