Highland looks to return copper mining to region

Earlier this week the Canadian-based copper exploration company, Highland Copper Company, announced plans to acquire the Copperwood project in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties from Orvana Minerals Corp., the company that began the project some years ago.

Last fall, Highland Copper acquired the White Pine copper mine project in Ontonagon. Those projects, coupled with the company’s Keweenaw Copper sites in Houghton and Keweenaw counties, make at least four possible mining sites the company is developing in the Western Upper Peninsula.

We applaud Highland’s interest in returning copper mining to the region and support their consolidation of those efforts.

There seems to be little argument that there is still plenty of copper left in the “Copper Country,” yet a considerable amount of time has transpired since there has been actual mining.

According to the company’s website, Highland will invest more than $11.5 million in the Keweenaw Copper project alone, an investment we feel can only benefit the economy of this area, which has suffered for so long.

From what we’ve seen so far, Highland appears to be doing things the right way. The same can be said for what Orvana Minerals has done with Copperwood thus far in seeking to develop a profitable mining operation, while being mindful of environmental concerns.

Having all these current copper explorations “under one roof” certainly seems to be good news and we anticipate the expected contributions to the economy of the region.