- Associated Press - Saturday, October 18, 2014

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Opponents of a nickel and copper mine that recently began operating in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are planning religious services to mourn what they say will be a loss of peacefulness and a clean environment in the area.

Concerned Clergy of Marquette is leading a prayer vigil Saturday at noon outside the gate of Eagle Mine in Marquette County.

Among speakers will be residents of the Yellow Dog Plains area and members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

A separate candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette.

Mine supporters say it means jobs and economic growth. But Rev. John Magnuson of the Cedar Tree Institute says too little attention has been paid to how the mine will harm wildlife, wetlands and forests.

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