MARQUETTE -- The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) will sponsor an informational meeting about the proposed Copperwood Mining project, located outside Wakefield, Mich., at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Ford Center in Alberta. Dave Anderson, project coordinator for Orvana Resources US Corp., will discuss the Copperwood Project and the Environmental Summary of Work to Date.
Two public information meetings will also be held -- one at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Wakefield VFW Hall and one at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Gogebic Community College, Ironwood.
Anderson has a Bachelor of Science from Northland College in Environmental Studies. For over 20 years he has been providing environmental consulting for government agencies, tribes and environmental organizations. Mining experience has included extensive research and consulting on the White Pine Mine and the Crandon Project. Anderson currently sits on the Gogebic County Conservation District Board of Directors, Western UP Citizen Advisory Committee and Walleyes for Tomorrow Board of Directors. Past clients include The Nature Conservancy (MI and WI), Department of Defense, International Paper, Orvana Minerals, Gogebic County, USEPA and many others.
Orvana's website states that the company is a low-cost gold producer with significant growth opportunities and a strong balance sheet. Orvana owns and operates the Don Mario Mine in Eastern Bolivia and is developing two other assets: the recently acquired El Valle-Boinás/Carlés gold-copper project in Northern Spain and the Copperwood copper project in the Upper Peninsula.
Copperwood was added in September 2008. Orvana entered into mineral leases covering 712 hectares near the inactive White Pine Mine, where copper and silver were produced 1953-1996. Based on current assumptions, the Copperwood Project is targeted to start production in 2013. Formed in 1992 through the amalgamation of two Canadian mining companies, Orvana’s initial business was to acquire properties with gold exploration potential.
For more information about Orvana Minerals visit their Web site. See also their November corporate presentation on their Web site, which has some details about the Copperwood project.