Newry, Maine couple that discovered $1.5 billion lithium deposit fighting in court to mine it

A couple hoping to excavate what may be the world’s richest lithium deposit on their property in Newry has taken their case to Superior Court in an effort to clarify what is considered a metal under Maine’s 2017 mining law, one of the strictest in the nation.

Lithium is a highly sought mineral used in batteries, cell phones, stove tops and other goods. The lode, which could be worth as much as $1.5 billion, generated international headlines when it was discovered in 2021.


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