Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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116 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 7 0 9 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 4 0 Above: The 12 exploratory mining holes (circled) are within a one square-mile area of the park, near the shores of Lake Superior. MAP SOURCE: MINING ACTION GROUP Exploratory Drilling in the Porkies On 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, there was no public notice nor 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." Scott Pruitt is the New Head of the EPA During his tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt sued the EPA more than a dozen times while Obama was president. Pruitt has made it clear the new EPA will step back from what he believes has been the agency's regulatory overreach. "The only authority that any agency has in the executive branch is the authority given to it by Congress," he said at an address to employees at the agency headquarters on Feb. 21. See p. 110 for related news.

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