FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2009
Contact: Michelle Halley – NWF – 906-361-0520
Judge re-opens challenge to mining company lease
MDNR lease of state land to Kennecott to be reconsidered
(LANSING, MI) – A Lansing judge will now examine the validity of a surface land lease granted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to Kennecott Eagle Minerals Company, the court announced on Thursday. This decision reverses the judge’s March 3 dismissal of the same challenge. Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Paula Manderfield granted a motion by the National Wildlife Federation and its partners to reconsider the question of whether the MDNR violated its “Public Trust responsibility” when it granted a surface lease to KEMC. More…
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