For Immediate Release
January 8, 2007
Cynthia Pryor, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve: 906-360-2414
Andy Buchsbaum, National Wildlife Federation, 734-717-3665
Just Say No to Inadequate U.P. Mine, 10,000 Tell Governor
International mining giant’s endeavor would endanger pristine waters, recreational tourism economy in exchange for handful of short-term jobs
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is expected to
make a preliminary decision Tuesday on a permit application filed by Kennecott
Eagle Minerals, a subsidiary of London-based Rio Tinto. The company wants to
extract nickel and other minerals – along with hundreds of thousands of
tons of acid-leaching waste, from underneath the
Cynthia Pryor, director of the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve, was involved in both the petition drive and the meeting
“An outpouring of opposition to this proposed mine by people
from the U.P. and throughout
While meeting with Debel, concerned citizens said Kennecott has failed to prove that they can mine in this area without harming the region’s natural resources.
“The environmental community has carefully crafted legislation which only allows this inherently dangerous type of mining if a company can demonstrate that it can be done safely,” said James Clift, Policy Director at Michigan Environmental Council. “Kennecott has failed to meet that burden, and the administration should propose a denial of the permit”.
The mine would be drilled underneath the
It would bring a relatively small number of temporary jobs that would be gone in less than a decade, along with the profits from the minerals, say mine opponents.
Kennecott’s permit application is the first to be considered under
Tuesday’s anticipated announcement of a proposed decision by the MDEQ is another step in the process of considering whether the company should be granted a permit, but not the final step. The agency will continue its technical review and, by law, will make a final decision following another public hearing and comment period. The issuance or final denial of the permit will determine whether the project moves forward.