Proposed Back Forty Mine in Michigan UP a risk to waters, sacred Menominee sites


The Back Forty Mine project was dealt a major roadblock earlier this year when a Michigan judge denied a wetland permit submitted by Canadian-based Aquila Resources because it did not provide reliable identification of wetland impacts and found the application to be incomplete." 

Another company has now applied for a lease to mine this area. Members of the Coalition to Save the Menominee River are actively working to stop this new project application. See the report in the Sept 28th issues of the Green Bay Gazette.

 

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Wisconsin activists: Proposed Back Forty Mine in Michigan UP a risk to waters, sacred Menominee sites

Frank Vaisvilas  9/29/2021

Green Bay Press-Gazette

 

A coalition of Indigenous and non-Indigenous environmental activists are rallying against a proposed new project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula they believe could lead to activities that could pollute Wisconsin waterways.

The Coalition to Save the Menominee River formed in April 2017 to oppose the Back Forty Mine project, which is a proposed open-pit sulfide mine that would operate on 83 acres and extract zinc, gold, copper, lead and silver.

Many are concerned that when sulfide ores are mined from the earth and exposed to air and water they undergo chemical reactions that create sulfuric acid that harms water quality and is toxic.

 

The Back Forty Mine project was dealt a major roadblock earlier this year when a Michigan judge denied a wetland permit submitted by Canadian-based Aquila Resources because it did not provide reliable identification of wetland impacts and found the application to be incomplete.

Aquila’s president, in response, said the company has worked diligently to limit impacts to surrounding wetlands and is only directly impacting 11.2 acres of regulated wetlands and that Back Forty Mine will be a safe and disciplined operation.

Now, a company called Great Lakes Exploration, Inc., which is owned by Tom Quigley, who had previously worked for Aquila Resources, requested direct, metallic mineral leases from the state of Michigan for mining rights within Faithorn and Holmes townships in Menominee County, covering more than 1,600 acres.

A public hearing on the matter had been scheduled for Sept. 1, but was postponed because of capacity concerns at a venue because of the number of people opposed to the project who planned to attend.

A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said the meeting would be rescheduled in a virtual format, but a date has not been set as of Monday.

 

photo credit: Paul Srubas/ USA Today Network-Wisconsin