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Eagle Mine life extension good news for area

It’s been said that unexpected good news is always the best kind. After what surfaced late last week about the Eagle Mine, we’d tend to agree.

Eagle officials announced that the life of the mine, which is an underground, high-grade nickel and copper mine located in Michigamme Township in operation since 2014, has been extended several years. This new prediction came as a result of underground infill and extension drilling, which is used to more closely define the size of an ore body, a company news release stated.

The announcement ensures jobs for about 400 mine employees and local contractors into mid-2025, a Mining Journal story on the matter stated.

Once we got close to the Eagle East ore body, which essentially took two years from 2016 to 2018, then we were able to put underground drill rigs to do definition ore drilling at the ore body, Eagle Mine Manager of External Relations Matt Johnson said Friday.

And now new permits are needed to complete the work.

It’s hard to find a downside to all of this. Eagle Mine has been a good corporate neighbor in all ways we can conceive. This news should come as a major positive to the Superiorland community.

Now, if only the Empire Mine in Palmer would reopen.

— Mining Journal, Marquette