Michigan DEQ Gives Tentative OK to Nickel, Copper Mine
February 2007 by John FlesherEnvironmentalists were happy when the state adopted rules governing an underground mining method that hadn’t been tried in Michigan. Now they’re angry.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved permits allowing Kennecott Minerals, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, to operate a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula.
Don Eno, a well-known miner and prospector in Plumas National Forest, is the Public Affairs Director of the Lost Sierra Mining & Historical Association and the Northern Office for Public Lands for the People (PLP). He was issued a citation for violating Forest Order 03-98—“camping for longer than 30 days per calendar year...”
The concentrate is just the heaviest of the heavy minerals but some sulfides are sneaking in there also with the gold...
There were nice sections of vein material at the end of several drifts, like they just stopped work one day and walked away.
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