GOGEBIC COUNTY, MI--   Highland Copper has temporarily halted drilling at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. 

Exploration of the one-mile-square section of the park stopped because of unseasonably warm weather.  A permit issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources stipulates that drilling take place only on frozen ground, preferably when there’s more than a foot of snow cover.  The provisions are meant to protect the surface of the drilling area.

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.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is letting a mining company do exploratory drilling in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.   

The DNR issued a use permit to Orvana Resources—a subsidiary of Highland Copper—to conduct the drilling on a one-square-mile piece of land along the westernmost edge of the park in Gogebic County.  Work began Sunday and is expected to continue into early March, weather permitting. 

WHITE PINE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says it has approved the last major permit needed for constructing a copper and silver mine in the Western U.P.  

The agency says the permit dealing with protection of wetlands, inland lakes, and streams at the Copperwood mine was issued after many months of state and federal review.  The permit allows Orvana Corporation "to extract useful elements" and protect natural resources to the extent possible in the mine north of Wakefield.

ONTONAGON COUNTY, MI--   The Department of Environmental Quality has issued the final permit for Orvana Corporation to build its Copperwood mine in Ontonagon County. 

It’s the last major permit the Canadian company needs to begin construction on the nearly 1,800-acre copper and silver mine 18 miles southwest of the former White Pine Mine.

WAKEFIELD, MI--   Mining company Orvana has resubmitted its application to construct the Copperwood mine in Ontonagon County.  

In response to public comment, Orvana improved its original application for the wetlands, inland lakes and streams permit for the proposed mine north of Wakefield.  The move was necessary because of a pending deadline for resolving EPA concerns with the original application.