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Exploratory Drilling in the Porkies
MDNR announced Highland Copper of Quebec began drilling


The 12 exploratory mining holes are within a one square-mile area of the park.
Map source: Mining Action Group

On Monday, Feb. 6, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) announced Highland Copper of Quebec began drilling the first of 21 mining exploratory holes in Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, known to locals as the "Porkies." Porcupine Mountains is in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula, which borders Lake Superior. It's Michigan's largest state park and was established in 1945. While the state owns the land, it doesn't own the subsurface mineral rights. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality issued the mining permit. The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) expressed anger and frustration over the drilling permit. DNR spokesman John Pepin said the MDNR made no public notice nor allowed a public comment period before issuing the permit for exploratory drilling on January 31. One UPEC member characterized the sulfide mining industry as "leading the state of Michigan around by a leash."

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