Kennecott http://michiganradio.org en Mining resurgence in Michigan's UP gains some national attention http://michiganradio.org/post/mining-resurgence-michigans-gains-some-national-attention <p>The boom and bust nature of the mining industry is nothing new to residents of Michigan&#39;s Upper Peninsula. And while recent decades have seen the region&#39;s once-prosperous iron and copper mines falling further and further into &quot;bust&quot; territory, the last few years have seen a resurgence of interest from companies hoping to pull valuable ore from this remote part of the state.</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 19:57:05 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7627 at http://michiganradio.org Mining resurgence in Michigan's UP gains some national attention Kennecott mine opponents to appeal judge's go-ahead ruling http://michiganradio.org/post/kennecott-mine-opponents-appeal-judges-go-ahead-ruling <p>Four groups are planning to appeal a recent court ruling that cleared the way for Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. to go ahead with mining operations in the U.P., the Associated Press reports:</p><blockquote><p>The opposition coalition was filing paperwork Monday asking the Michigan Court of Appeals to overturn a decision last month by Circuit Judge Paula Manderfield. She ruled that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality acted properly by issuing Kennecott a permit for the project in northwestern Marquette County.</p></blockquote><p>Last month, Michigan Radio&#39;s Rebecca Williams<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/upper-peninsula-nickel-copper-mine-moves-ahead"> explored some of the possible environmental effects</a> the mine could create and spoke with&nbsp; opponents and representatives of the mining company:</p><blockquote><p>Michelle Halley is an attorney for the National Wildlife Federation. It&rsquo;s one of the groups that challenged (the initial) permit. She says they&rsquo;re concerned about the type of mining that will happen in the Eagle Mine. It&rsquo;s sometimes called sulfide mining.</p><p>&ldquo;The rock at Eagle is extremely acid producing, very high in sulfides and so once that rock is exposed to air and water, there&rsquo;s really no debate it will begin producing acid.&rdquo;</p><p>That acid is sulfuric acid. According to the Environmental Protection Agency... that acid can cause heavy metals to leach from rocks. The resulting fluid can be highly toxic to people and wildlife.</p><p>This is called acid mine drainage. On its website, Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company says there is a risk that it can happen. But the company says it&rsquo;s taking a number of steps to reduce that risk.</p><p>Matt Johnson is with Kennecott. He says the company will use a state of the art water treatment plant to purify the mine water using reverse osmosis.</p><p>&ldquo;The entire mine site is designed to control water with water protection in mind. Which is why it&rsquo;s the company&rsquo;s commitment not to discharge any water back into the environment until it meets safe drinking quality water (sic) standards.&rdquo;</p><p>And he says the state is also requiring them to do that.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Mark Brush followed up with an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/mining-what-does-state-get-return">examination of what the state might gain financially from the project.</a></p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 20:02:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5351 at http://michiganradio.org Kennecott mine opponents to appeal judge's go-ahead ruling Mining in the UP, what does the state get in return? http://michiganradio.org/post/mining-what-does-state-get-return <p>Drilling continues in Michigan&#39;s Upper Peninsula for potentially valuable ore deposits after a judge <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/judge-approves-permit-kennecott-mine-michigans-upper-peninsula">turned down a request</a> from environmental groups to stop the mine&#39;s development.</p><p>Kennecott Eagle Minerals is drilling 25 miles northwest of Marquette primarily for nickel and copper, but palladium, gold, and silver could also turn up in the deposit.</p><p>Kennecott, a subsidiary of the London-based Rio Tinto Group, began drilling in September.</p><p>The ore deposit the company is after is about a mile away from the mine&#39;s opening (and about 1,000 to 1,500 feet underground). They&#39;re not expected to reach the deposit until sometime in 2013.</p><p>Around 50 percent of the deposit is under state-owned land, so it belongs to the collective &quot;we&quot; - the citizens of Michigan.</p><p>So what are we getting in return? Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:41:57 +0000 Mark Brush 5162 at http://michiganradio.org Mining in the UP, what does the state get in return? Upper Peninsula nickel-copper mine moves ahead http://michiganradio.org/post/upper-peninsula-nickel-copper-mine-moves-ahead <p>For ten years, Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company has been pushing to mine nickel and copper near Marquette. The company started underground blasting of the mine in September.</p><p>The Department of Environmental Quality issued permits for the mine in 2007. But several of those permits have been challenged in court.</p><p>A circuit court judge in Ingham County recently upheld the mining permit.</p><p>Michelle Halley is an attorney for the National Wildlife Federation. It&rsquo;s one of the groups that challenged that permit. She says they&rsquo;re concerned about the type of mining that will happen in the Eagle Mine. It&rsquo;s sometimes called sulfide mining.</p><p>&ldquo;The rock at Eagle is extremely acid producing, very high in sulfides and so once that rock is exposed to air and water, there&rsquo;s really no debate it will begin producing acid.&rdquo;</p><p>That acid is sulfuric acid. According to the Environmental Protection Agency... that acid can cause heavy metals to leach from rocks. The resulting fluid can be highly toxic to people and wildlife.</p><p>This is called acid mine drainage. On its website, Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company says there is a risk that it can happen. But the company says it&rsquo;s taking a number of steps to reduce that risk.</p><p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:17:08 +0000 Rebecca Williams 5165 at http://michiganradio.org Upper Peninsula nickel-copper mine moves ahead