- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - A company operating a nickel and copper mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula wants to lease 40 acres of state-owned land nearby to conduct further mineral exploration.

Spokesman Dan Blondeau said Monday that Eagle Mine operators want a better understanding of geology in the area. He says it’s too early to tell whether the company will want to produce minerals at the new location.

The state Department of Natural Resources will accept public comments on the proposed land lease through Nov. 20. Minerals Management head Mary Uptigrove says the company would have to get a separate permit before conducting exploratory drilling.

An environmental group called Save the Wild U.P. wants the lease application rejected, saying any mining in the area could pollute the nearby Yellow Dog River and harm outdoor recreation.

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