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in its most natural state for the use of the public,
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Sulfide Mining,Water Quality

Critical Minerals and the Mining Report

28 Mar , 2018  

 

Many changes in the law and political maneuvering may have a strong impact on the watershed via mining operations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Interior administrators, who are politically appointed, are rolling back or blocking laws, increasing the hunt for minerals, and easing accessibility of those minerals to those who may exploit them. Read below for more information.

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County Road 595 Appeal Concludes

23 Mar , 2018  

The battle between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Marquette County Road Commission concluded on March 20th in the U.S. 6th Circuit Court over County Road 595, the proposed road leading from Eagle Mine to Humboldt Mill. For those who need a refresher, the permit for CR 595 was submitted to the MDEQ in 2012 and as part of the review process, the U.S. EPA issued objections to the project based on the Clean Water Act. Long story short, the MDEQ did not issue the permit and the process then transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Citizen Action,Education & Outreach,Sulfide Mining

More State Land Up for Mineral Development

29 Jul , 2017  

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced that Eagle Mine, LLC. Is requesting the leasing of minerals from various agencies in Marquette, Baraga, Iron, and Houghton County. Of the 15,274 acres that the company is requesting rights for development, 40 acres are in the Yellow Dog watershed.

Located in Section 20 (the NW ¼ of the NW ¼), this parcel is part of the Yellow Dog Plains ecosystem. The parcel is forested primarily with jack pine stands of various ages. These stands are critical habitat for the federally endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. These small birds travel to the Upper Peninsula annually and have summer habitat in these areas. This parcel is also roughly ½ mile away from the Yellow Dog River, a cold water trout stream prized for its natural beauty. More…

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Watershed Mineral Exploration Update

9 Jun , 2016  

Active Mineral Exploration Continues near Eagle Mine

Chauncey Moran, Yellow Dog RIVERKEEPER, recently conducted an aerial survey of the Salmon Trout and Yellow Dog River watersheds, scanning the landscape and waterways for mining activity and other land use issues. Both watersheds were surveyed via airplane and Moran reports that there are 7 total exploratory drilling operations that are currently active. All 7 of those are occurring directly east of Eagle Mine within a relatively short distance of the portal. This location has been called Eagle East and represents a plausible location for additional mineral deposits. No other active drilling elsewhere in the watersheds was noted during the flight. YDWP will continue to fly and conduct monitoring of this activity in order to inform concerned community members. More…

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UNDISCLOSED FUNDING FOR CR595 LAWSUIT

26 Jan , 2015  

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The Marquette County Road Commission (MCRC) unanimously agreed to sue the EPA for upholding its objections to the proposed County Road 595 a haul road for the Eagle Mine. This decision occurred during a closed session portion of a public meeting held on January 19th, 2015. The EPA will need to use public funding to hire lawyers to continue to defend their decision and our local environment. Our misguided local road commission’s agenda does not serve the needs of citizens, only corporations and agencies who profit from this excess development at whatever cost. The MCRC will not publicly disclose the source of funds for the lawsuit. More…

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Water Withdrawal Incident in Big Bay

26 Jan , 2015  

Big Bay, Michigan

Big Bay residents contacted the Yellow Dog office on January 19, 2015 during the morning hours for concerns about a withdrawal or possible unregulated discharge into saturated areas adjacent to the Dam Road on the north side of Lake Independence. The residents observed a tanker truck with L & H Industrial insignia with a pump and hose in a ditch. L & H is a global mining parts manufacturing company. Residents took photos, and observed the site where green liquid had been spilled in the ditch and all over the ground. YDWP investigated further. More…

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