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PostMon Aug 13, 2018 7:18 am 
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The Sunrise Mine Proposal: And the Role of the U.S. Forest Service in Applying the National Environmental Policy Act to a major mining proposal

I came across this on Google Books.  I had forgotten that Bren-Mac's proposal was to dig a tunnel through Morning Star Peak to the Sunrise Road, build a mill on the Stilliguamish River and pump the tailings down to Boardman Creek.
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PostMon Aug 13, 2018 9:12 am 
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The Bren Mac Co. had a really tough time up there. The tunnel ended up being on the Sultan side below the Sunrise mines and in the end no ore came out of it. The dump from the mine is pretty spectacular though, it gives you a great view of the basin. They kept the road up pretty well though when they were running, although now it's almost gone in places. I think the tunnel ended up being about 6000' long although it's caved now.
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PostMon Aug 13, 2018 10:17 am 
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I knew about the Bren-Mac proposal but didn’t realize the collapsed tunnel was from this project. In a thread on this site about the purpose of the wier on Isabel, I was thinking about that collapsed tunnel and not remembering its exact location and purpose, I couldn’t articulate and no one knew what I was talking about! I wondered if the dam had anything to do with the Isabel project (now I know it didn’t). Glad to know I’m not totally insane and that there is indeed a collapsed tunnel over there.

Randy, did you purchase the proposal? I only have a small Signpost article about it being nixed.

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PostMon Aug 13, 2018 10:27 am 
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Kim Brown wrote:
Randy, did you purchase the proposal?

No. Stumbled on this as a freebie on Google books.
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Dang, that's yet another example of some ambitious mining engineering in the area. I'm surprised they figured they could still turn a profit.

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Based on the summary on the visible pages, 40 million tons of rock was the planned extraction - trying to wrap my head around that

And if 96% stays in the tailings ponds...1.6 million tons of processed ore was to be shipped to Everett (I assume?) for smelting. At 60 tons/car, that's over 26,000 fully loaded ore cars.

Huh.
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