Lawsuit Challenging U.P. Sulfide Mine Land Lease Dismissed

A Circuit Court Judge Has Ruled That The DNR Acted Appropriately When It Leased Land For A Controversial Sulfide Mine

Ingham County Circuit Judge Paula Manderfield dismissed a lawsuit file by opponents of a controversial sulfide mine that Kennecott Eagle Minerals is trying to open in Michigan’s Marquette County.

According to the Associated Press, the court ruled that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) acted appropriately when it decided to lease 120 acres of state land to the company:

“Manderfield said in her ruling Tuesday the DNR had not broken any laws and had acted within its authority by leasing the property to Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co., which wants to put the mine’s surface facilities there.”

The judge argued that she could rule only on matters of jurisdiction, not the merits of the mine.

Last month, it was announced that the mine is temporarily on hold due to the current economic situation. However, Kennecott is still moving forward with efforts to secure the permits necessary for the mine’s construction.

Additionally, a decision in a hearing over the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) issuance of permits for the mine is forthcoming.

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Author: mediamouse

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