The long-delayed Copperwood Mine project in northern Gogebic County has taken a step forward.
Owner Highland Copper says it has received all the permits necessary to break ground.
In its quarterly report released last week, officials noted the beginning of actual construction will still depend on financial market conditions, and an update of the company’s Feasibility Study. A development schedule could be in place by the end of June.
The Copperwood project is located north of Wakefield, near the southern boundary of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park.
Highland’s White Pine North project may also see some forward movement soon. The company plans to start baseline environmental studies in the next few months. The Feasibility Study will be started in the first half of 2023.
White Pine North would be located next to the former White Pine Mine, which was the western U.P.’s most productive mine before it was shut down in 1995.