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Michigan Court of Appeals Affirms Eagle Mine’s Permits

15 Aug , 2014  

On August 13, 2014, the Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s decision to continue the Lundin Eagle Project, the only mine in the U.S. where nickel is the primary targeted material in addition to copper. The original co-petitioners against the permitting of the mine include: Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve (YDWP), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC), and the Huron Mountain Club (HMC). The operation has been in development since 2003 and in litigation since 2006. More…

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MDEQ Decision Upheld by Judge

2 Dec , 2011  

YDWP was informed on November 23 that efforts by the four co-petitioners to challenge of the issuance of permits to mine on the Yellow Dog Plains were less than fruitful. Judge Paula Manderfield issued her decision to upheld the 2007 decision by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to grant permits to Kennecott Eagle Minerals to develop a copper/nickel mining operation in Marquette County. More…

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Blasting Begins at Eagle Rock

6 Oct , 2011  

Despite continued opposition to the development of mining operations at the base of Eagle Rock on the Yellow Dog Plains, Kennecott Eagle Minerals began the first stages of boring the tunnel that will be used to extract ore from underneath the Salmon-Trout River. On September 22, 2011, charges were set so that drilling and excavation could begin. The tunnel is expected to be 17 feet in diameter and run into the ground to the base of the ore body. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community representatives visited the site and made ceremonial offerings. More…


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Motion of Stay Denied by Judge

17 Sep , 2011  

Judge Paula Manderfield denied a motion of stay this Tuesday the 14th of September, which would have blocked the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. from excavating the portal to its nickel and copper mine on the Yellow Dog Plains until the appeals case  is decided. The National Wildlife Federation, Huron Mountain Club, Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve and Keweenaw Bay Indian Community asked Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Paula J.M. Manderfield to grant the stay. “Blasting, digging, and drilling into, and beneath, this place of (Native American) worship will result in the physical and spiritual destruction of Eagle Rock and will immediately and irreparably harm petitioners,” the plaintiffs’ motion read. More…


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Groups Seeks Motion to Halt Mine

6 Sep , 2011  

MARQUETTE, MICH. (September 1, 2011) – A coalition of groups yesterday asked a judge to halt imminent mining activity that would desecrate a sacred Native American site and jeopardize water quality for the Great Lakes and one of the region’s last spawning grounds for the coaster brook trout. More…

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July Events

8 Jul , 2011  

Many excellent events are coming up this summer that are well worth attending. Here are just a few.

DEFEND OUR WATER and STOP THE EAGLE MINE: Save the Wild UP/WAVE Campaign Kickoff this Saturday, July 9, at 1:00 PM. Speakers, activities, and informational table will be at Marquette County Court House. The day will continue with a RALLY at the Mine Site Gate at 4:30 pm and Food and Social in Big Bay. Fireworks will be at 10:30 pm on Squaw Beach. More…

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