Cleveland Cliffs has filed a lawsuit over mineral rights in Nashwauk, Minnesota. The iron ore company has filed suit against the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, MDNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr and Mesabi Metallics, to prohibit Mesabi Metallics from mining iron ore on properties owned or controlled by Cleveland Cliffs.
Cliffs purchased surface and mineral rights to various parcels in the Nashwauk area from Glacier Park Iron Ore properties. A DNR permit issued to Mesabi includes 1.1 billion tons of “in-situ inferred taconite resources” on Cliffs’ property, according to the lawsuit. Cliffs requested in March and again in May that the Mesabi permits be modified, transferred or revoked by the DNR to protect company owned resources Both requests were denied by the DNR. The company has also asked Mesabi to refrain from trespassing.
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