mining

At Michigan-Wisconsin border, enviros and tribes fight to keep new mine at bay

BY: - July 17, 2021

For years, Indigenous and environmental groups have been standing up against Calgary-based Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, arguing a rupture could harm the areas’s freshwater and ecosystem. And about 200 miles west across Lake Michigan, in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a similar story is unfolding. On Friday, […]

Proposed U.P. mine faces mounting troubles

BY: - August 24, 2020

A controversial proposed open pit metallic sulfide mine on the Michigan-Wisconsin border has suffered major financial and permitting setbacks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increasing public concerns over the safety of tailings dams to store mine waste. The proposed Back Forty Mine would be located next to the Menominee River, which flows into […]

Dingell slams Trump attempt to overhaul bedrock environmental law

BY: - February 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — Concerned citizens and environmental activists from around the country traveled to the nation’s capital on Tuesday to blast the Trump administration’s plans to overhaul one of the nation’s bedrock environmental policy laws at a rare public hearing with administration officials. President Donald Trump last month unveiled a massive rewrite of the regulations associated […]

Effort to stop mine near Boundary Waters divides Democrats

BY: - February 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — As the President Trump administration pushes to allow mining near Minnesota’s iconic Boundary Waters, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) is waging an attempt to thwart the plans. A bipartisan group of four Michigan lawmakers back her legislation, U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly). Upton […]

U.S. House votes to ban mining near Grand Canyon

BY: - October 31, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House approved legislation Wednesday to permanently ban uranium and other hardrock mining near the Grand Canyon.  The bill from Arizona U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, passed by a vote of 236-185. Michigan’s delegation was split on 8-6, with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) voting […]