Several other companies are exploring in the area as well. In
addition to the Rio Tinto exploration mentioned below, there is exploration
going on in the Menominee/Marinette area that is pretty far along. Other companies
are exploring for nickel, diamonds and uranium. If I recall correctly, some of the
diamond sites are underneath the McCormick Wilderness area in the Ottawa
National Forest (which is not exempt from mining).
One of the real concerns here is that the DEQ has set a very low
bar for compliance with Michigan’s Part 632 Mining Law. None of the other
companies will expect to need a permit application any better than Kennecott’s
flawed application to get a permit.
firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On
Behalf Of Dave Dempsey
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 1:24 PM
Subject: E-M:/ the western UP mining district
Now they tell us, after DEQ grants approval to
a nickel/copper mine at the headwaters of the Salmon Trout/Yellow Dog rivers.
Rio Tinto news release dated 17 December 2007:
"Our focus is on six further adjacent prospects that may have the
potential to extend significantly the mine life at current planned production
Perhaps "six further adjacent prospects" and others now pursued by
other companies should have been part of an environmental impact study before
permits for any new mines were issued. Is the western UP now going to be carved
up for mining?