Tag Archives: Cynthia Pryor

Update offered on Kennecott Eagle Mine

By: Cynthia Pryor Due to the extreme complexity of this issue and the many fronts going on simultaneously, here is an update of events that have taken place in the past year-to-date regarding the Kennecott Eagle Mine Project. Kennecott is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto. • February 14, 2009—Rio Tinto officially defers the Kennecott Eagle Project […]

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Mine opponents speak at London meeting, by Cynthia Pryor

Four community leaders took their opposition to the proposed Upper Peninsula sulfide mine to the United Kingdom where each spoke at the annual meeting of London-based Rio Tinto, the mining giant and parent company of Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. Before a gathering of thousands, Susan LaFernier, vice president of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, was […]

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Lawsuits, meetings continue

The saga of a proposed sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains continues with lawsuits, permits and events. Pending lawsuits The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Huron Mountain Club and the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP) filed petitions for a contested case with the State of Michigan Office of Administrative […]

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Sulfide mining: the next step

by Cynthia Pryor Even after the Department of Environmental Quality mistakenly made its final decision to grant the first ever metallic sulfide mining permit in the state of Michigan, a mining permit to Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company (KEMC), several avenues of oppositional recourse are available: • Contested Case Proceedings • State and Local Permits—additional requirements and/or challenges […]

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Sulfide snafu: It’s not their land, by Cynthia Pryor

The biggest, seemingly little known, fact of the whole Kennecott Minerals debate about putting a metallic sulfide mine on the Yellow Dog Plains is that Kennecott doesn’t propose to use its own land for its mining operation. Proponents of the mine say, “It is their land—let them do what they want with it” attempting to […]

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Experts label U.P. mine as dangerous, by Cynthia Pryor

A team of national mining experts recently explained how a controversial mine proposed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is too risky, based on threats it poses to the state’s natural resources and public health. The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) commissioned twelve industry experts from around the country to review the mining permit application and compiled the […]

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Sulfide mining still a hot topic, by Cynthia Pryor

Kennecott Eagle Mining Company (KEMC), a subset of Kennecott Minerals and a fully-owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto has an open permit application proposing an underground nickel/copper mine on the Yellow Dog Plains of northern Marquette County. This mine will be direct-ship, hire ninety to 120 fulltime personnel, run for seven to eight years, and extract […]

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