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.
Court Rules Flambeau ‘Model Mine’ Violated Clean Water Act
The Flambeau Mine near Ladysmith, WI has a long history of controversy due, in part, to the proximity of the mine to the Flambeau River. This photo was taken in September 1994, when heavy rains caused flooding at the mine site.
State Officials Urged to ‘Learn from Flambeau’ and Stop Proposed Mega-Mines in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan
A federal court ruled yesterday that Flambeau Mining Company (FMC) violated the Clean Water Act on numerous occasions by allowing pollution from its Flambeau Mine site, near Ladysmith, Wis., to enter the Flambeau River and a nearby tributary known as Stream C.
The lawsuit was filed early last year by the Wisconsin Resources Protection Council (WRPC), the Center for Biological Diversity, and Laura Gauger. The complaint charged that Flambeau Mining Company (a subsidiary of Kennecott Minerals Company / Rio Tinto) was violating the Clean Water Act by discharging stormwater runoff containing pollutants, including toxic metals like copper and zinc, from a detention basin known as a biofilter. Continue reading
Operations at Eagle site continue after matter taken under advisement in Grand Rapids court
June 7, 2012
By JOHN PEPIN – Journal Staff Writer (firstname.lastname@example.org) , 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
Roscoe and Evelyn Churchill were right. They said from the very beginning that the Flambeau Mine would pollute the water over there, and it has.Now we have a chance to do something about it, and WRPC is asking for your help. Please see the attached letter for details and submit your written comments to the Wisconsin DNR by February 20, 2012.
A U.S. federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit accusing mining giant Rio Tinto of committing genocide and war crimes in Papua New Guinea, where it once ran one of the world’s largest copper and gold mines. In their lawsuit, current and former residents of the island of Bougainville claimed that Rio Tinto decimated the island and forced native workers to live in “slave like” conditions.
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