Mining Action Group

MARQUETTE, MI--   The U.P.’s Mining Action Group is blasting a state decision to let Nestle to draw increased quantities of water from a site in downstate Evart. 

The Department of Environmental Quality approved a permit for Nestle to increase the amount it pumps from 250 gallons a minute to 400 gallons.

GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   Environmental groups say exploratory copper drilling in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park has made a muddy mess.  

Orvana Resources, a division of Highland Copper, was given the go-ahead by the Department of Natural Resources to drill 12 test holes—as long as it took place on frozen ground. The Mining Action Group says although Orvana promised to protect the area from erosion heavy equipment has produced “a mile-long mudhole.”

MARQUETTE, MI--   Citizens deserve to have more input on what happens to public land. 

That’s what environmental groups are saying, after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources allowed Orvana Resources to do exploratory drilling in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.  The DNR issued a press release a day after the drilling commenced.

Jon Saari is a board member of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition and a member of the Mining Action Group.  He says that’s not enough notice, and that the public has the right to comment on what happens to a state park.