Judge refuses to stop work on Eagle Mine

July 26, 2012
By JOHN FLESHER – AP Environmental Writer , The Mining Journal

TRAVERSE CITY – A federal judge has refused to halt construction of a nickel and copper mine in northern Marquette County.

In an order signed Wednesday, Judge Robert Holmes Bell rejected a request by the private Huron Mountain Club to stop work on the mine while the club’s lawsuit works its way to trial.

The exclusive club owns about 19,000 acres of forestland in Marquette County, including an 11-mile stretch of the Salmon Trout River. In May, the club filed a suit claiming the mine would damage the river and nearby wetlands.

The mine’s name recently was changed from Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. to Rio Tinto Eagle Mine.

State regulators and company officials say the mine can be operated safely. Drilling has begun and mineral production is expected to begin in 2014.

Judge doesn’t rule on mine injunction

Operations at Eagle site continue after matter taken under advisement in Grand Rapids court

June 7, 2012

By JOHN PEPIN – Journal Staff Writer (jpepin@miningjournal.net) , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE – A federal judge made no decision Wednesday after a roughly three-hour hearing in Grand Rapids on whether to grant a preliminary injunction that would shut down development operations at the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. mine on the Yellow Dog Plains, until a lawsuit by the Huron Mountain Club is decided. Continue reading

Kennecott, feds answer

Sides prepare for Wednesday hearing in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids

June 4, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN – Journal Staff Writer , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE – Attorneys for three federal agencies and the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. have responded to claims made by the Huron Mountain Club in a federal lawsuit, which seeks a preliminary injunction to shut down development operations at Kennecott’s Eagle Mine in northwestern Marquette County. Continue reading