Rio Tinto http://michiganradio.org en Nickel-copper mine project in the UP being sold for $325 million http://michiganradio.org/post/nickel-copper-mine-project-being-sold-325-million <p>The owner of the controversial Eagle mine project in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Rio Tinto PLC, says it will sell the project to Canada's Lundin Mining Corp. for $325 million.</p><p>The deal will require approval from regulators.</p><p>Rio Tinto is still building the mine which they say is 55% complete. Construction started in 2010.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:53:45 +0000 Mark Brush 13044 at http://michiganradio.org Nickel-copper mine project in the UP being sold for $325 million Tunneling to wrap up at Rio Tinto Eagle Mine http://michiganradio.org/post/tunneling-wrap-rio-tinto-eagle-mine <p>MICHIGAMME TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Tunneling at an Upper Peninsula mine is expected to be completed less than two years after digging started.<br><br>The Mining Journal of Marquette reports that Redpath Mining Contractors and Engineers expect to finish their work Friday at the Rio Tinto Eagle Mine in Michigamme Township.<br><br>More than two miles of tunnels have been built since drilling started in September 2011. The operation will mine and backfill ore which contains nickel and copper.<br> Sat, 01 Jun 2013 16:38:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12838 at http://michiganradio.org Rio Tinto signs agreement with Michigan nonprofit to monitor U.P. mine http://michiganradio.org/post/rio-tinto-signs-agreement-michigan-nonprofit-monitor-mine <p>The <a href="http://riotintoeagle.com/operations/eagle-mine/">Eagle Mine</a> near Marquette is under construction. It will be mining mostly nickel and copper along with smaller amounts of other metals.</p><p>The company <a href="http://www.riotinto.com/media/18435_media_releases_6958.asp">Rio Tinto</a> owns the mine.&nbsp; They’ve received their state and federal permits, but those permits are being challenged in court.&nbsp; <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=590">The mine has been divisive</a> in the community.&nbsp; A lot of people want the mining jobs, and many others are worried about the impacts the mine could have on Lake Superior and nearby rivers.</p><p>Dan Blondeau is a spokesperson for Rio Tinto.&nbsp; He says the company will be spending about a million dollars on environmental monitoring that’s required by their permits.&nbsp; But he says residents have been telling them that wasn’t enough.</p><p>“For the last several years, community members have told us they’d have more trust in environmental monitoring if it was done independently.”</p><p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Williams 9354 at http://michiganradio.org Rio Tinto signs agreement with Michigan nonprofit to monitor U.P. mine