Potential and Proposed Mining Activity Great Lakes Region (PDF Version)
Department of Justice: Investigate mining corruption in Michigan
We, the undersigned concerned citizens, respectfully request the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the corruption and collusion between the State of Michigan and executives of multinational mining companies in Michigan.
High-ranking State of Michigan regulators joined with mining industry executives to form the Northern Michigan Geologic Repository Association (NMGRA) as a ‘non-profit’ corporation to house core samples for the industry -- outside of public scrutiny.
State regulatory officials found time to form a private entity with mining executives but have repeatedly failed to enforce Michigan's environmental and safety regulations at the Eagle Mine.
We demand a full investigation of these ties and accountability of regulatory agencies.
"Guatemalans can sue HudBay in Canada, judge rules"
Miner faces lawsuits over alleged rapes and violence at Guatemalan mine unit
Local note: the HudBayMinerals-acquired mine in question was a NICKEL mine.
Also, The armed goons were brought in to "PROTECT" said mine from indigenous protesters. Hmm. That sound familiar?
In a larger sense, it sounds like this sets legal precedence for foreign operations -- you can be held responsible in CA if you @#$%^&* up in South America, North America, etc.
"As a result of this ruling, Canadian mining corporations can no longer hide behind their legal corporate structure to abdicate responsibility for human rights abuses that take place at foreign mines under their control at various locations throughout the world," said Murray Klippenstein, lawyer for the 13 indigenous Mayans, in a press statement.