Marinette, Menominee set joint meeting on Back Forty mine

Test drilling work being done at the Back Forty mine project in Menominee Co., Michigan. (Undated photo courtesy Aquila Resources.)

(WLUK) – The city councils for Marinette, Wisconsin, and Menominee, Michigan, will hold a joint meeting on May 24 to discuss the proposed Back Forty mine project.

Aquila Resources has obtained three of the four permits it needs for the proposed gold and zinc facility in Lake Township, Mich.

Marinette Mayor Steve Genisot says the two councils will meet with representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality – the agency which handles the permitting process. It will be a chance for council members to ask questions about the project, he said.

No action will be taken by either body, he said.

It is not anticipated that the public will be allowed to comment or ask questions, Genisot said.

Aquila and the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin will be invited to attend the session, as well.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at the Menominee High School’s lecture hall, 2101 18th St.

The state has already issues surface water discharge, mining, and air permits. The company still needs a wetlands protection permit. The state expects that application to be filed in late June, and once DEQ deems the application complete, it has six months to review it, according to the state.

Environmentalists, including Save the Wild UP, and others have raised concerns the mine could cause damage to water resources.

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