Protests of Upper Peninsula mine project continue

Lansing, Michigan (AP) June 2010

A protest against a developing Upper Peninsula mining project has reached the Michigan state Capitol.

A few dozen environmental activists and members of American Indian tribes gathered in Lansing on June 3 to present petitions to Gov. Jennifer Granholm opposing the Kennecott Eagle Minerals Co. project. Some also planned to speak at a meeting of the state’s Natural Resources Commission.

A small group protested recently at the Marquette County site where Kennecott is preparing to drill for nickel and copper. Three protesters have been arrested recently on misdemeanor trespassing charges.

Kennecott says calling police was a last resort after opponents refused several requests to vacate the state-owned property the company is leasing.

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