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Company files plan for mine in NE Minnesota

A prospecting drill rig bores into bedrock near Ely, Minnesota on Oct. 4, 2011. Crews were searching for copper, nickel and precious metals that Twin Metals Minnesota hopes to mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. Twin Metals Minnesota has formally submitted a plan to regulators for the construction of the proposed underground copper-nickel mine. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski, File)

Twin Metals Minnesota formally submitted a plan to regulators Wednesday for the construction of an underground copper-nickel mine near Ely in northeastern Minnesota, a project that has drawn fierce opposition because it would sit just upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

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