Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mining Journal: Kennecott changes ore hauling plan

MARQUETTE -- An article today, Jan. 18, 2011, in the Marquette Mining Journal reports Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. (KEMC) has abandoned a plan to build a north-south haul road for Marquette County (known as County Road 595) connecting its Eagle Mine with a processing facility in Humboldt Township.

Mining Journal staff writer John Pepin says in this article that KEMC now plans to develop the trucking route on existing County roads AAA, 510 and 550, but in Marquette will use Wright Street to U.S. 41 and then west to Humboldt (instead of the railhead proposed in the original plan).

"The decision comes after a December meeting between representatives from the Marquette County Road Commission, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Grand Rapids company King and MacGregor, which does environmental engineering for Kennecott, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency," the article explains.

Read more in the Mining Journal.

Update: See a reaction from Save the Wild UP.

Editor's Notes: See our Oct. 25, 2010, article,"Opponents of proposed 'public' mine haul road call for more public input," on the Oct. 18, 2010, meeting during which the Marquette County Road Commission voted to move forward with "County Road 595."

See also an article posted today, Jan. 18, 2011, by Gabriel Caplett in Headwaters News, noting the objections by three federal agencies against the Woodland Road, which KEMC had first proposed as an alternative to using existing roads.

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