ST. PAUL, MN -- Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has sent letters to the CEO's of Cleveland-Cliffs and U.S. Steel urging them to work together to keep Hibbing Taconite in operation.
Last week, CBS 3 reported on the mine life of Hibbing Taconite, which is a joint venture between Cleveland-Cliffs and U.S. Steel. The Hibbing mine is expected to run out of ore by 2025.
Now, Governor Walz is asking the leaders of both companies to come together to find a solution.
In a letter the Governor wrote,
"I believe the continued success of both mines is possible. It is my understanding that there are mineable sources of additional ore in the immediate vicinity of both Minntac and Hibbing Taconite that are not currently owned or leased by the owner/operator of the mine to which the ore is most proximate. Minnesota needs leadership from our mining companies to work together on an approach that ensures the future success of both taconite operations. My agencies and I stand ready to provide assistance to U.S. Steel and Cleveland-Cliffs as they work towards a path forward."
We spoke with Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves last week. He said he had not heard from Governor Walz on this issue. In the letters, Walz requested a phone call with both companies.
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See below for the letters Walz sent:2021_02_01_Cliffs-Letter