Kennecott officials say they wanted the Eagle Rock area to be safe for both employees and the public as construction continues.
The company says it respects the protesters’ right to voice their opinions, getting to know several of the individuals who camped out.
Kennecott claims it decided to have the protesters moved off the site for their own safety but has presented an alternative campsite immediately across from their former protest spot.
Kennecott spokeswoman Deb Muchmore says the company will arrange further conversation with the protesters.
The planned nickel and copper mine will be very close to Eagle Rock.
Kennecott believes the mine could produce as much as 300 million pounds of nickel and about 200 million pounds of copper.