I followed the UP fortunes since the last US government mining report in the late 70s, there was always lots of high grade ore left in the ground but no mineable at those prices. Over the years there have been a number of parties interested in restarting closed mines ie drain the shafts some of run into opposition from locals which I don't understand-the mine is already there! The Nonesuch project near Wakefield goes back to Amax and the late 1950s and another firm is trying to get financing to build a mine there. Who knows?
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