Appeals Court Won't Intervene in UP Mine Dispute

Posted at: 10/30/2013 10:08 AM

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A hunting club that claims a new Upper Peninsula mine will spoil the environment has failed to persuade a federal appeals court to intervene.

The court affirmed a 2012 decision by a federal judge, who declined to issue an injunction against the Eagle Mine, near Marquette.

The Huron Mountain Club has been challenging the mine in state and federal courts. The club owns 19,000 acres, including land that comes within 3.3 miles of the mine. Some mining will take place under the Salmon Trout River and area wetlands.

In a 3-0 decision Wednesday, the appeals court turned aside the club's arguments that the nickel-and-copper mine needs federal permits. The government hasn't taken any enforcement action against the mine.

The mine isn't operating yet.

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