mining Copper Mining Company To Resume Drilling In State Wilderness By Associated Press • Feb 7, 2018 State officials are allowing a copper mining company to resume exploration of a section of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Governor Signs Mine Production Tax By Rick Pluta • Dec 20, 2012 WKAR File Photo Governor Rick Snyder has signed a tax overhaul that he says will encourage more mining in northern Michigan. Listen Listening... / DEQ Approves First Permit for Western UP Copper and Silver Mine By Rick Pluta • Apr 30, 2012 biberta / morgueFile A company that wants to open a mine in the Upper Peninsula has cleared its first hurdle with state regulators. Orvana Resources hopes to start operations in 2014. MI Regulator Downplays Link Between Fracking, Quakes By Mark Bashore • Apr 17, 2012 Courtesy / Suncor Energy In a new study, the U.S. Geological Survey shows an increasing correlation between Midwest energy drilling and earthquakes.