Mining in the State of Michigan

Rio Tinto Eagle Mine Project as of 8-4-2011.

 

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Area of Interest
Web Source
Lakewide Management Plans (LaMP)
The Lake Superior Binational Programs LaMP established goals and objectives for protecting and restoring the lake’s natural environment.Mining activities affects many parts of any ecosystem including chemical, air, habit protection, etc.  Click for specific chapters of LaMP.
 
Government Agencies
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA – Rio Tinto Eagle Mine Project

EPA – Technical Resource Document, Extraction and Beneficiation of Ores and Minerals – Iron

US Geological Survey

US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Army Corps of Engineers

Mine Safety and Health Administration

State of MI – Dept of Environmental Quality

Rio Tinto Eagle Mine ProjectMichigan Department of Resources
Native American Tribes The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community a Lake Superior Band of Chippewa Indians
Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa Indians
Bay Mills Indian Community
The Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians
Hannahville Indian Community
Tribal Mining Forum – Save The Date!
May 11-12, 2012
Best Western Lakeside Inn Conference Room, Baraga, MI
Sacred Water, New Mine: A Michigan Tribe Battles a Global Corporation – Jun 12, 2012
Tribes Appeal To United Nations Over UP Mines – May 2, 2012
 Active Operating Mines *Empire MineCliffs Natural Resources, Inc.
*This mine is in the Lake Michigan basin, however it was included due to its close proximity to Lake Superior basin.
*Tilden MineCliffs Natural Resources, Inc.
* This mine is in the Lake Michigan basin, however it was included due to its close proximity to Lake Superior basin.
– Cliffs Natural Resources Ownership: 85%
United States Steel Corp Ownership: 15%
Tilden Mine – General Information
Mines Under Development Eagle MineRio Tinto Mining Company
 Proposed Mining Sites Copperwood siteOrvana Minerals Corp
Copperwood siteRequest Letter for Information from Orvana Minerals Corp. to the Department of Environmental Quality   Dated: December 14, 2011
The Environment Report – December 5, 2012: The company Orvana Resources is one step closer to getting the approval it needs to build a new mine. The Copperwood Mine is proposed for a site north of the town of Wakefield in the western U.P. The state is reviewing the company’s final environmental permit. The Department of Environmental Quality has already given the company mining, wastewater and air permits.
 Exploratory Mining Sites Silver Creek ProjectAquila Resources Inc.
Baraga Basin ProjectPrime Meridian Resources Corp.
Bitterroot Resources Ltd.
 Peninsula ProjectAquila Resources Inc.
* Keweenaw ProjectHighland Resources Inc.
Environmental Impacts Mines Pollute Tens of Billions of Gallons of Water Per Year –   May 2013
This SlideShare web site offers many slideshows about a diverse range of perspectives about mining in the U.S. and around the world. Sample topics include acid mine drainage mitigation, restoration of open pit mines, sulfide mining impacts on health, mining safety, etc. – 2012
The Environment Report – December 5, 2012: The company Orvana Resources is one step closer to getting the approval it needs to build a new mine. The Copperwood Mine is proposed for a site north of the town of Wakefield in the western U.P. The state is reviewing the company’s final environmental permit. The Department of Environmental Quality has already given the company mining, wastewater and air permits.
Sulfide Mining in the Great Lakes Region – A comparative analysis of sulfate mining regulations Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ontario by National Wildlife Federation Great Lake Regional Resource Center  Published:  March 2012
From Resource Curse to Blessing by Nation of Change Published:  August 2012
Empire Mine – An Assessment of Environmental Selenium Levels Around Empire and Tilden Mines, Marquette County, MI by Selenium Monitoring Work Group Presented: June 2009
Update on Selenium Projects at Tilden and Empire Mines by Steve Casey, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality with cooperation from Cliffs Natural Resources.  Presented: January 2010
Great Lakes United ~ Mining on Lake Superior:  Past, Present and Future
Development of Mineral Environmental Assessment Methodologies a Project of USGS
Assessment of Wildlife Hazards Associated with Mine Pit Lakes from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Risk and Regulation in the Mining Industry: Understanding the Impacts of Mining in the Western Lake Superior Region by Carol Cox Russell, US Environmental Protection Agency Presented: September 2011
What Are Tailings? – Their Nature and Production
Acid Mine Drainage from the Environmental Protection Agency
New Community Monitoring Plan for Eagle Mine from MichiganRadio.org
Ecosystem Restoration – White Pine from Montana State University Bozeman
Special: Monitoring Water Quality The Superior Watershed Partnership, Marquette, is contracted to establish an independent community monitoring program for the controversial nickel and copper mining operation (Eagle Mine) located near the headwaters of the Salmon Trout River.
Socio-Economic Impacts Univ of Wisconsin-Extension offers a series of factsheets about frac sand mining and mining in general. Feb 2013
Cliffs Natural Resources Stops Production at Two Iron Ore Mines Facilities in Minnesota and Michigan, Affecting 625 Jobs – January 5, 2013
From Resource Curse to Blessing by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Aug 2012

The Economic Impact of the Gogebic Taconite Mine by NorthStar Economics, Inc.  Presented: April 2011
A More Holistic Economic Evaluation of Mining: Considering Costs and Benefits by Thomas Power. Presented: September 2011
White Pine, Michigan by Hunt’s Guide to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Company wants to Grow Quality Medical Marijuana in Old Mine from Detroit Free Press, April 22 2012
Human Health Impacts Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study

The Origins of Public Concern with Taconite and Human Health: Reserve Mining and the Asbestos Case
Copperwood Mine Air Dispersion Modeling
Letter Health Consultation, Interim Consumption Screening Values for Total Selenium in Goose Lake Selenium  Prepared by: Michigan Department of Community Health, March 10, 2011

Michigan Mine Safety and Health from Michigan Tech

Hard Rock Mining:  Risks to Community Health by Aime Bualanger and Alexandra Gorman Dated:  September 2004
Potential Health Risks Related to Mining: A Collection of Research Study Links
Citizen Responses & Groups FOLK – Mining Education and Empowerment Campaign
Citizens for Responsible Mining
Save the Wild UP
Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve
Save Our Sky Blue Waters
Northwoods Wilderness Recovery – This group is no longer active, but the website contains many articles about mining in the Upper Peninsula.
Stand for the Land
Kennecott Eagle Mine –  Sierra Club: Michigan Chapter
Mining Associations Michigan Mining Association
Industry Groups Operation Action UP
Geology DEQ-Michigan Geologic Maps
USGS Mining Initiative
 Maps Gogebic Range Mine & Borehole Locations
Mines, Mineral Exploration and Mineral Leasing in the Lake Superior Watershed
Buffalo Reef and Stamp Sand Substrate Mapping Project
GLIFWC – Mining in the Ceded Territories
Map of Gogebic Iron Range Mines – Montreal to Wakefield, MI
Mining History Michigan Tech Archives Blog
Michigan State Government
Copper Country Explorer
Shipping Route of Iron Ore & Historical Significance
Bessemer Area Historical Society
Keweenaw County Historical Society
Ironwood Chamber of Commerce
Bergland Historical Society
Michigan Tech Archives
Keweenaw Michigan Field Trip
Mining Engineering History at Michigan Tech: The Tradition, The History
Copper:  A World Trade in 3000BC?
Tilden Mine – General Information
Events Midwest Mining Initiative/TESNAR 2011
Additional Resources Aerial view of the open pit iron ore Empire Mine in northern Michigan
Final Sulfide Mining Regulation in the Great Lakes Region by the National Wildlife Federation, Great Lakes Regional Resource Center – March 2012
Mining on Lake Superior: Past, Present and Future
Presented:  November 2011
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. – Global Operations / Iron Ore
The Lake Superior Iron Ranges:  Geology and Mining
USGS TESNAR 2011 Meeting, Presented: May 2011
 A Closer Look at the Eagle Mine – news article Oct 5 2012
In the News
This Week in Mining – Weekly Update on WDIO.com

Keweenaw Now – This is a news service that frequently carries articles about mining activities in the Upper Peninsula.

Film Presentations on Rio Tinto’s Mining – Monthly Spring 2012 – This Film Series is hosted by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Natural Resources Department Mining Outreach and Education Program
A Closer Look at the Eagle Mine – Oct 5, 2012

Cliffs won’t build Michigan Nugget Plant – Feb 8, 2012

What the Mining Debate is Missing Jan 3, 2012

Empire Mine Shutdown Planned – Dec 5, 2011, WDIO.com

Mining Boom Roils Upper Peninsula Nov 3, 2011
Company Seeks Permits for New Copper
Mine in UP
Oct 3, 2011
Risking life in the Mongolian gold rush – 18 August 2012
A Closer Look at the Eagle Mine – October 6 2012
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Funds Help Clean Up Toxic Mine Site at Deer Lake by The Mining Journal October 13 2012
Tribes Appeal To United Nations Over UP Mines – May 2, 2012

Tapping old mines for heat may create new energy source – Nov 6 2012

Michigan Mining Database
The Lake Superior Binational Forum mining committee has compiled this database.View Database
Legal Perspective August 2013: The State Bar of Wisconsin held a public symposium on August 28, 2013, in Wausau on mining in Wisconsin in an effort to help the public decipher Wisconsin’s new mining plans. A panel of lawyers discussed the Penokee Range Mining Proposal from Gogebic Taconite and mining laws in Michigan.

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