Our Views: Glencore tragedy shows why mining should be done here

FILE - This April 14, 2011 file picture shows the Glencore headquarters in Baar, Switzerland. Glencore PLC says its net earnings declined 7 percent last year as the commodities and mining group took charges of US dollar 1.1 billion stemming in part from lower commodity prices. The Swiss-based company said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that net profit last year was US dollar 2.31 billion, compared with US dollar 2.47 billion in 2013. Revenues slipped to US dollar 221.1 billion from US dollar 232.7 billion. (AP Photo/Keystone, Urs Flueeler, file)

As news filtered out Thursday that Glencore had established itself as the majority shareholder of PolyMet, which is looking to build Minnesota’s first-ever copper-nickel mine near Hoyt Lakes, devastating headlines about the Swiss-based company were also breaking.

At least 43 “illegal miners” died at a Kamoto Copper Company mine, operated by Glencore's subsidiary Katanga, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Glencore later said the incidents were not linked to the official “operations and activities” of the mine.

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