Cliffs Responds to Allegations of Trespassing

Updated: January 21, 2018 10:52 PM

Cleveland-Cliffs is addressing allegations of trespassing, when they placed their own 'No Trespassing' signs in Nashwauk at the former Essar site.

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In December, we reported, the company had acquired private mineral and surface rights from Glacier Park Iron Ore Properties. The company began posting signage last week. Then, Tom Clarke of Chippewa Capital Partners, told the Duluth News Tribune he believes Cliffs trespassed on Mesabi Metallics' property to put up those signs, and did so at night.

Cliffs sent a statement on Sunday. It said they employed standard practice of posting signage to identify the perimeters of their land for public safety reasons. It also said the signs were placed on existing fencing, and no new fencing was placed. 

According to the statement, this was done during daytime hours, and on public roads, with no night-time activity took place.

Also, Cliffs said before they started this, they informed the Itasca County Sheriff's office and local officials of their intent to secure the property. Then, they said they made an effort to hand-deliver a letter to Mesabi Metallics' representative about the planned activity, but he rejected receiving the letter.

The two companies are battling over the former Essar site.



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