The AP’s John Flesher reports that Kennecott Minerals’ plan to drill for nickel and copper in the UP was thrown off track yesterday when state regulators acknowledged they hadn’t adequately considered reports questioning whether the mine’s roof would hold up. In addition to withdrawing the tentative application approval, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven Chester cancelled hearings saying:
This department has committed itself to making this process as open and transparent as possible. In light of this information, we must allow the needed time for ourselves, as well as the public, to give it the appropriate review.
Michelle Halley of the National Wildlife Federation took a sterner tone in her statement on the actions and said:
“We believe it is time for an independent investigation of the DEQ’s process for the Kennecott mining proposal, as well as other major permits that have come before the department.”
Read DEQ withdraws tentative backing of Kennecott mine by John Flesher and Ms. Halley’s statements at Michigan DEQ Admits Cover Up of ‘Smoking Gun’ Memo.