Eagle Mine

MARQUETTE, MI--   Eagle Mine is hosting a series of community forums in Marquette County this week and next. 

Officials say they’re an opportunity for residents to learn more about the status of the mine and get an update on its operations.

The meetings will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Humboldt Township Hall; Thursday at noon at the Michigamme Township Hall; next Monday at noon at the Eagle Mine Information Center in Marquette; and Wednesday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Thunder Bay Inn in Big Bay. 

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI--   Marquette County’s Eagle Mine has a new general manager.

Officials announced Thursday that Kristen Mariuzza took over the post effective September 18. She succeeds Peter Richardson, who was promoted to a senior corporate position within Lundin Mining.

Mariuzza was previously the Health, Safety, Environment, and Permitting Manager at Eagle. Officials say she has experience with the mine from the early project phase to full production.

CHAMPION, MI--   Eagle Mine, LLC is looking to lease more than 15,000 acres of state-owned mineral rights in the U.P. for exploration. 

The acreage is in Baraga, Houghton, Iron, and Marquette counties.

Megan Morrison is Eagle’s Social Responsibility Advisor. She says the lease requests are just the first step in a several-step process to begin a formal exploration program.

“Currently there’s no definitive plans to actually begin an exploration process, so our goal is simply just to obtain the leases to be able to consider future options,” she says.

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI--   Environmental groups say a collapse at the Eagle Mine last year points to its instability, but mine officials are disputing that claim.

Kathleen Heideman is a board member of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition. She says a report by the Mine Safety and Health Administration obtained through the Freedom of Information Act called the August event “significant,” as at least 50 feet of rock fell.

It apparently happened in an excavated portion of the mine—known as a stope—after a blast in a different part of the mine.

MICHIGAMME TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   Michigan's first new mine in decades has begun a multi-year tunneling project to reach a second ore deposit. 

MLive reports Toronto-based Lundin Mining Corp. has requested the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality amend Eagle Mine's Part 632 mining permit to allow the company to finish the tunnel. The second ore body is a high-grade nickel and copper deposit called Eagle East.

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI--   Officials with Eagle Mine have released results of testing done on its Eagle East deposit in Marquette County.  

Since July of 2014 more than 35,400 meters of drilling have been completed in 67 holes to define the deposit, which is about 1.5 kilometers east of the current mine at a depth of about 1,100 meters.  Results indicate 1.18 million tonnes measure 5.2 percent nickel and 4.3 percent copper. 

Lundin officials intend to complete a full feasibility study and permit review.  If mined, the life of Eagle would be extended by one year. 

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   The company operating a nickel and copper mine in Marquette County says it plans to release details of its ongoing mineral exploration efforts later this year. 

The Mining Journal of Marquette reports the deposit being explored called "Eagle East" is about 1.5 miles east of Eagle Mine at a depth of roughly 3,300 feet, or about three times as deep as a deposit currently being extracted in Michigamme Township.

ST. PAUL, MN (AP)--   Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has planned trips to mines in South Dakota and Michigan as his administration prepares for a major decision on whether to advance copper and nickel mining on the Iron Range. 

Dayton spokesman Matt Swenson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the governor will tour the Gilt Edge mine in western South Dakota on Oct. 27 and Eagle Mine in northern Michigan on Oct. 30. Dayton's administration is evaluating environmental issues surrounding the proposed PolyMet mine in northeastern Minnesota.

New GM for Eagle Mine

Aug 28, 2015

MARQUETTE, MI--   Eagle Mine has announced an interim general manager for the mine on Marquette County’s Yellow Dog Plains.   

Peter Richardson’s position became effective Monday.  He holds a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering and spent more than 20 years with Swedish-based mining company Boliden before coming to Lundin Mining.  Richardson was most recently the director for strategy and business development for all Boliden mines.

Eagle is the nation’s only primary nickel mine.   

U.P. mine wants state lease for more exploration

Aug 10, 2015

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   A company operating a nickel and copper mine in Marquette County wants to lease an additional 40 acres of state land to explore additional mining opportunities.  

Eagle Mine's request to the Department of Natural Resources targets a parcel about two miles west of the existing mine.

Spokesman Matt Johnson says the company needs further exploration to understand the Eagle ore body and nearby geology.

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